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Eventually We May See Them Play

from Chris Johnston of the CP at TSN,

The experiment is off to a rousing start.

When the Detroit Red Wings signed free-agent forward Damien Brunner over the summer, they did so with the idea of playing him alongside Henrik Zetterberg. The NHL lockout put a hold on those plans -- at least until Zetterberg contacted his new teammate a couple weeks back and inquired about joining him in Switzerland with EV Zug.

They've been inseparable ever since.

"Detroit said they were going to put (Brunner) on a line with Zetterberg, so I got to do it first," Zug coach Doug Shedden said Wednesday in an interview. "I texted (Red Wings GM) Kenny Holland and said: `It works."'

Has it ever.

Zetterberg is playing like a man possessed with seven goals and 11 points in just five league games -- four of them victories for Zug to go along with a shootout loss -- while Brunner sits on top of the Swiss scoring table. The third member of the line, former Edmonton Oilers forward Linus Omark, is also among the league leaders in points.

continued which includes a look at other NHL players too...

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Joe Z.'s avatar

I can give an personal update on Jan Mursak, he is playing for Ljubljana in the Austrian league. First I was shocked how good he was compared to the rest of the palyers, he single-handed dismounted my hometown team. 7-1 the end score, 5 open-net assist by Mursak. Great, great two way player. I was sceptic since he is considered beeing a grinder in the NHL. But he continues to thrive, soon he will be the top-scorer of the league actually he is placed 5th with 22 points (7/15) in 11 games. First place is 26 in 17.
Funny fact Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner also play in Austria and they are not doing so well, while beeing on better teams than Mursak they don’t manage to shine amongst ex- and never-ever NHLers.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 10/31/12 at 03:24 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Thank you, Joe. It helps to know what the players are doing elsewhere.

Posted by Bugsy on 10/31/12 at 07:41 PM ET

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