Valeri Nichushkin will play in Russia this season but is expected to return to the NHL for the 2018-19 season, his agent confirmed Friday in an email.

Nichushkin signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2016 when he and the Stars could not come to terms on a restricted free-agent deal. While players have found ways to escape KHL contracts in the past, agent Mark Gandler when contacted said Nichushkin is honoring his contract.

"Val is under contract with CSKA for another year. Based on the current NHL-KHL agreement, Val may not sign with Dallas until the 18-19 season," Gandler wrote. "I know that Dallas was watching Val in the KHL and playing for the Russian national team. They are happy with his progress and expect him back in a year. Val, too, plans to come back to Dallas after his contract with CSKA expires."

Nichushkin, 22, was taken 10th overall by the Stars in 2013. He played three seasons in the NHL, accumulating 64 points (23 goals, 41 assists) in 166 games. Nichushkin missed most of his second season to rehab from hip surgery.

Last season, Nichushkin played 36 games for CSKA and tallied 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists).