The Florida Panthers selected Russian forward Maxim Mamin in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
In the season prior to being chosen by Florida, Mamim played in 48 games for CSKA Moscow of the KHL and scored 4 goals and 3 assists and displayed a physical side by racking up 67 PIM. He appeared in 19 of 20 postseason games (1G/1A) as CSKA came within a game of capturing the Gagarin Cup.
Mamin spent one more year in the KHL before coming over to North America after being drafted. During the 2016-17 season, his offensive numbers jumped to 12 goals and 13 assists in 42 games.
His first season with the Panthers organization saw him split time between Springfield and Florida. In 32 games at the AHL level with the Thunderbirds, the 23-year-old put up 25 points (9G/16A) in 32 games, good numbers on an offensively-challenged team. In 26 games with the Cats, Mamin notched 3 goals, his first career marker came against the Washington Capitals on February 22, and set up another to finish with 4 points and +2 rating.
Mamin started to look very comfortable in the Panthers bottom-six as time wore on during his rookie season. He was expected to remain in that role during the 2018-19 season, but after seven scoreless games he was, somewhat surprisingly, loaned to his former KHL team, CSKA Moscow, where he eventually scored the Gagarin Cup-winning goal.
After the 2018-19 campaign, the Panthers extended a qualifying offer to Mamin, who was a restricted free agent, retaining his NHL rights through the 2021-22 season.
Mamin set career KHL highs in games (51), assists (18), points (28) and plus/minus (+22) during the 2019-20 season, his fifth in the league. He scored a goal and assisted on two others in CSKA’s four-game, first round sweep of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod before the league canceled the remainder of its playoffs due to the coronavirus.
A return to Sunrise seems unlikely at this point, but the team and player have two more years to make it happen. I was hoping Joel Quenneville taking over from Bob Boughner as Florida’s head coach would’ve brought Mamin back last fall, but it didn’t. So, it looks likely that we have seen the last of the 25-year-old in a Florida uniform, as he simply might prefer to stay home in the KHL, where he has become a pretty effective professional.
Will Mamin ever return to the NHL?
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Yes, he will return to Florida one day
Yes, but with another team