A good number of NHL players aren’t wasting any time in picking a European team to go play for, and find themselves getting settled into their new cities just days after the old CBA expired.

Over the course of the winter, we’ll be following the more interesting stories that our NHL boys are involved in (as well as doing a number of features to keep this from being a lockout blog – old goal analysis, rec league tips, a simulation season, player reviews and much more), so let’s establish a starting point: where are guys going to play?

The excellent hockey site “Elite Prospects” is great for tracking guys, and was largely the source for this. Some are still in the “rumour” stage (if you go to the site, you can see which are confirmed and which are still in the works), but this is likely where you’ll see guys going.

Kontinental Hockey League (Russia premier league)

Evgeni Malkin: Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Sergei Gonchar: Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Nikolai Kulemin: Metallurg Magnitogorsk

Andrei Kostitsyn: Traktor Chelyabinsk

Ruslan Fedetenko: Donbass Donetsk

Alexei Ponikarovsky: Donbass Donetsk

Anton Kudobin: Atlant Mytischi

Kaspars Daugavins: Dinamo Riga

Ilya Kovalchuk: SKA St. Petersberg (he’s already been named the captain!)

Niklas Backstrom: Dinamo Minsk

Prediction: Evgeni Malkin is leading the league in points by about 15 in November, when he re-injures his knee and pisses the Penguins off.

AL-Bank Ligaen (Danish premier league)

Frans Neilsen: Herning

Peter Regin: Herning

Jannik Hansen: Rødovre

Prediction: Frans Neilsen goes backhand shelf a preposterous number of times, leads the league in points.

Czech Extraliga (Czech premier league)

Jaromir Jagr: HC Kladno

Tomas Plekanec: HC Kladno

Jiri Tlusty: HC Kladno

Pavel Kubina: HC Vitkovice

Roman Cervenka: HC Slavia Praha

Vladamir Sobotka: HC Slavia Praha

Lubomir Visnovsky: HC Slovan Bratislava

Alex Hemsky: HC Pardubice

Jan Mursak: Olimpija-Ljubljana

Jakub Voracek: HC Lev Praha

Prediction: Jaromir Jagr owns HC Kladno, so he’ll heavily recruit some more of his NHL buddies to come over and stack the team.

Deutsche Eishockey Liga (German premier league)

Dennis Seidenberg: Adler Mannheim

Marcel Goc: Adler Mannheim

Alexander Sulzer: Düsseldorfer EG

Kristian Erhofff: Krefeld Pinguine

Prediction: A team with an awesome name will win it all. Sooo, Düsseldorfer is the favourite?

Elitserien (Swedish premier league)

Jonathan Ericsson: Skellefteå

Gabriel Landeskog: Rosenborg IHK Elite

Kristian Huselias: HV71

Viktor Stalberg: Frölunda

Prediction: Gabriel Landeskog is the captain of his team by Christmas.

HockeyAllsvenscan (Swedish second league)

Anze Kopitar: Mora (wait, what? Why Sweden, why a second league, I’m so confused. The headline’s Google translation: Anze Kopitar is close to being ready for Mora. All that remains is the insurance issue.)

Carl Hagelin: Södertälje

Niklas Grossman: Södertälje

Tom Wandell: Södertälje

Mikael Backlund: VIK Västerås HK

Patrick Berglund: VIK Västerås HK

Prediction: If I have to write much about this league, I go stark-raving mad at having to find all the “special characters” and mail it in, hope it doesn’t offend anyone.

Swiss National League A

Joe Thornton: Davos

Rick Nash: Davos

Mark Streit: Bern

Roman Josi: Bern

Logan Couture: Genève-Servette

Yannick Weber: Genève-Servette

David Backes: Langnau

Prediction: Someone lines up across from Joe Thornon and Rick Nash and thinks “Uh oh.”

SM-liiga (Finnish premier league)

Jussi Jokinen: Kärpät

Jason Demers:  Kärpät

Jesse Joensuu: Ässät

Prediction: I’ll never not think “ass hat” when I read “ Ässät.”

Comments (8)

  1. SEL will not allow temp contracts to locked out NHL players. So Kopitar can’t sign in the best league in Sweden, but I think he played junior hockey there no?

    Would also rule out Landeskog by my logic. But my Logic also says that Rosenborg IHK is a team in Trondheim. Which would be in Norway.

  2. Also Kopitar wants to play with his brother who plays on that team, as far as I can remember from the Kings Insider story.

  3. How come nobody signed with the Lokomotiv?

    • Originally they said they weren’t going to take any NHLers for various reasons (concentrating on rebuilding, etc), but now both David Pagnotta and Genadi Boguslavski are reporting that they’ve signed/ are going to sign Varlamov, so who knows?

      • I thought they were changing their position on taking in NHL players when Alexander Semin showed interest?

  4. I hope they play the whole year abroad and screw the owners.

  5. Come on Players, sign in Austria. Go Graz 99ers!!!

  6. Kopitar is rumored to sign with Mora because his brother plays there. As if he needed more reasons, he also played in Sweden before he went to the NHL.

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