Several NHL players were placed on waivers on Friday, including Edmonton Oilers forward Valentin Zykov and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Jake Dotchin, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Zykov, 23, has struggled since being claimed off waivers by the Oilers on Nov. 30. The former Carloina Hurricanes winger appeared in just five games for Edmonton and went pointless. In 2017-18, Zykov led the AHL in goals, scoring 33 times in 66 games for Carolina’s AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers. He has two years left at a cap hit of $675,000 after signing a two-year extension with Carolina in the off-season.
Dotchin, 24, appeared in 16 games with the Ducks this season, posting one assist and 37 penalty minutes. The 2012 sixth-round pick has appeared in 99 career NHL games split between the Ducks and Lightning, notching 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) and 110 penalty minutes. Dotchin will be a restricted free agent at the end of this season after his one-year, $800,000 deal he signed with the Ducks in October expires.
In addition to Dotchin and Zykov, the Hurricanes’ Michal Cajkovsky and Nashville Predators’ Joonas Lyytinen have been placed on waivers for termination.