After some uncertainty, Andrei Dubinin has re-signed with Sosnowiec on a two-year deal. The Belarusian forward is in the home stretch of getting Polish citizenship. The team had previously committed to not signing any Belarusian or Russian skaters.
This past season, the 20-year-old Dubinin was one of the best U23 skaters in the PHL. In 44 games, he recorded a new career-high of 11 points (8G-3A-11PTS). This was tied for fourth among all U23 skaters in the PHL, while the most by any skater in their age 20 season. The Minsk native has played in Sosnowiec for the last three years. Before signing in Poland, he played for BFSO Dinamo and Team Belarus U17 in Belarus’s second league. In only three years, the young forward has 37 points (19G-18A-37PTS) in 96 games. When he does attain Polish citizenship, he should be under heavy consideration for some national team chances in the future.
For Zaglebie Sosnowiec, locking up Dubinin for the next two years is a great sign. Keeping young talent in the fold is essential, especially after Sosnowiec lost two to retirement and one to free agency this offseason. Dubinin should easily slot into the middle six for Sosnowiec this year and push for more changes.
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