Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Phil Davies on 12/05/10 at 01:20 PM ET
I hope everyone is enjoying the hockey season and are gearing up for the upcoming holiday season! Remember the holidays mean the World Junior Hockey Championships are just around the corner, beginning on Boxing Day!
Now, some news and notes from various European leagues.
On the subject of the World Juniors, Team Sweden is hoping that the Edmonton Oilers will release Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson for the tournament. The Swedish rookie has collected 9 points in 25 games this year, while currently riding a three game point streak. However, the Oilers have already stated that they have no plans for releasing the talented winger for the tournament. On the bright side for Sweden, they do have the Ottawa Senators blue chip goalie prospect; Robin Lehner on their training camp roster, as well as the Phoenix Coyotes young defensive phenom; Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Owen Nolan is enjoying much success playing in for the ZCS Lions in Switzerland’s National League A. Although Nolan has only signed a temporary contract, due to his hope of returning to the NHL at some point this season, he has shown that he still has a scoring touch, with 14 points in 12 games for the perennial Swiss league powerhouse.
Speaking of former NHLer’s who are eager to return to North America, Miroslav Satan has also signed another temporary contract in Europe. Satan re-signed with HC Slovan Bratislava, where he currently has 9 points in 4 games. Satan is hoping to sign another mid-season contract in the NHL, similar to his stay with the Boston Bruins last year. However despite rumours that the Montreal Canadiens had an interest in Satan, as of yet, the “Dark One” has yet to find a suitor in the NHL.
Former Nashville Predator; Alexander Radulov continues to dominate the KHL scoring race with 47 points in 32 games for Salavat Ufa. That is 11 more points more than the next highest scorer, teammate and former Oiler and Philadelphia Flyer; Patrick Thoresen, who has 36 points in as many games for Ufa, who currently sit in second place in the KHL’s Eastern Conference.
Speaking of former NHLer’s in Europe, Evgeni Nabokov continues to struggle statistically, while tending the crease for SKA. Nabokov has a 2.80 GAA and a .895 save percentage in 20 games, compared to teammate Jakub Stepanek’s 2.22 GAA and .921 save percentage in 15 games. Stepanek was a standout goalie in the Czech league last year and despite making their 2010 Olympic hockey team, he has never been drafted by an NHL team.
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