This move comes with one year remaining on Makarov’s existing two-year NHL agreement with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Makarov, who will turn 24 next month, was a Blackhawks 2nd round pick (#33 overall) in the 2006 draft out of Russia’s tier-2 professional league. While he attended some summer prospect and fall training camps in Chicago, Makarov did not make his official North American hockey debut until last season.
In 68 games with Rockford in 2010-11, Makarov posted 11 goals and 13 assists.
SKA is currently in Switzerland competing in a preseason tournament. Makarov is now in St. Petersburg and will join his teammates after they return for a practice this coming Monday. An official announcement of Makarov’s signing will probably come from SKA then.