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How NHL hockey players are performing out of the NHL

Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on January 4, 2013 at 2:35 AM

As the NHL lockout continues, let's take a look at how NHL players are performing in various leagues around the world.

Rick Nash (New York Rangers): Nash has been struggling with the HC Davos of the Swiss League. Nash, who was aqcuired by the by the New York Rangers in the off-season, suffered a shoulder injury on September 28th. He then suffered a groin injury and returned to New York to get it checked.

Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks): Thornton, also a member of the HC Davos, is doing much better than Nash (ignoring his own goal). Jumbo Joe is tied for the team lead in points with 31 in 30 games.

Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers): Eberle is currently playing on the Oklahoma City Barons, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. He recently broke the Barons record for fastest natural hat trick. It took him less than three minutes to reach the feat. He currently is tearing up the AHL leading the league in points, with 49 in 32 games.

Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers): Hall is also playing alongside Eberle with the Oklahoma City Barons. He is 6th in the AHL in points with 33 in 24 games.

Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals): Ovechkin is playing in the KHL on the Dynamo Moscow. He has 38 points in 30 games with ranks 6th among the top point-getters in the KHL. Check out this crazy video of him shattering a pane of glass with his helmet.

Ilya Kovalchuk (New Jersey Devils): Kovalchuk is currently playing with SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is fourth in the league for points with 39. His team is first in the KHL standings.

Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings): Also in the KHL, serving for CSKA Moscow, hockey's top defensive forward may not be in the top ten for points in the league, but you have to check out some of the amazing goals he's scoring.

Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins): With 59 points in 35 games, Malkin is second in the KHL in points and is continuing to score highlight reel goals like he did last year in the NHL.

Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins): HC Lev Praha of the KHL signed Chara once the NHL lockout began. They even named him captain at the end of November when Jiri Novotny was injured.

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers): The NHL 13 coverboy has only played 9 games in the German Elite League, because of a neck injury he suffered in November.

Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings): Kopitar has been playing with his brother, Gasper, in the Swedish Elite League during the NHL lockout.

Jaromir Jagr (Dallas Stars): The Czech Republic native went to play with HC Kladno of the Czech league during the NHL lockout. Jagr was aqcuired by the Dallas Stars during the NHL off-season in a one-year deal. If the lockout continues, they might never get to see him play in a Stars uniform.

Nail Yakupov (Edmonton Oilers): The number one overall pick of the Oilers was playing for his hometown Kontinental Hockey League team, HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, until he began participating the in 2013 World Junior Championship.

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Reply SlayerScott
3:14 PM on January 3, 2013 
Great post Landon, I was wondering how the NHL's expat community was doing.

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