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Eastern Players Update

Wednesday, January 09, 2013


Tanner Glass spent the NHL lockout with HC Banska Bystrica in the Slovak Extraliga, where he totaled one assist and a jaw-dropping 75 penalty minutes in just six games.

Evgeni Malkin set the KHL on fire with 23 goals and 65 points in only 37 outings with his hometown team of Metallurg Magnitogorsk. 

Eric Tangradi had 10 goals and 17 points over 33 games with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  


Anders Lindback appeared in 13 games with Ilves Tampere in Finland's top league and he ended up with a 3-6-4 record, a 2.33 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. 

Victor Hedman posted strong statistics in the KHL this year with Barys Astana.  He had a plus-18 rating, 20 points and 70 penalty minutes in 26 games overseas. 

Brendan Mikkelson collected seven points and 20 penalty minutes over 17 games with Vasteras in Sweden's second division during the NHL work stoppage. 

Adam Hall found the scoresheet with regularity in Germany's second division with Ravensburg. He tallied 11 goals and 15 points in 17 contests. 

Nate Thompson played in front of family and friends at home in Alaska, where he gathered seven goals and 12 points in 24 ECHL games. 

Dana Tyrell contributed three assists in four games with HC Banska Bystrica in Slovakia, but was hampered by a groin injury.   


Carl Gunnarsson skated in nine games with Orebro in Sweden's second division and got on the board with two assists. 

Mikhail Grabovski joined CSKA Moscow in the KHL during the lockout, where he tallied 12 goals and 24 points in 29 games in addition to 73 shots. 

Nikolai Kulemin enjoyed a successful KHL reunion with his former Metallurg Magnitogorsk teammates.  He posted 14 goals and added 24 helpers in 36 contests, while playing on a line with Evgeni Malkin

Joffrey Lupul didn't spend too long in the KHL, appearing in nine games with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg and recording four points before deciding to stay in North America. 

Clarke MacArthur suited up with Eispiraten Crimmitschau in Germany's second division and he concluded his lockout stint with 11 points in nine outings. 

Nazem Kadri overcame a slow start and some injuries in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies and has produced 25 points in 26 games this year. 

Jake Gardiner was playing very well for the Marlies, with nine goals and 17 points in 22 games, prior to heading to the sidelines because of concussion and whiplash symptoms.   


Michal Neuvirth remained busy in the Czech Extraliga with HC Sparta Praha during the lockout.  In 24 games, he posted a 2.51 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. 

Brooks Laich compiled six goals and 18 points in 19 contests with Switzerland's National League A while waiting for the lockout to end. 

Joey Crabb voyaged home to Alaska to play in the ECHL, where he shined with 17 goals and 38 points in 35 matches.  

Alex Ovechkin potted 19 goals and 40 points over 31 games in the KHL as a member of Dynamo Moscow. 

Nicklas Backstrom joined his Washington teammate Ovechkin in the KHL with Dynamo Moscow during the NHL work stoppage and he tallied 25 points in 19 outings prior to going down with a bruised neck. 

Braden Holtby posted a 12-12-1 record, including four shutouts, with a 2.14 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in 25 AHL games with Hershey. 


Ondrej Pavelec didn't perform well in 14 games with Liberec in the Czech Extraliga, where he had a 3.50 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage, but he was a little better in Finland's SM-liiga with a 2.68 GAA and a .912 save percentage in six appearances. 

Tobias Enstrom played in just five games with EC Salzburg in Austria's top league before deciding to part ways with the EBEL team.  He had one goal and four penalty minutes over that span. 

Mark Stuart skated with the Florida Everblades in the ECHL during the lockout.  He finished his time there with three points and 12 penalty minutes in nine games. 

Evander Kane had a horrible time adjusting to the style of the KHL game, so he earned just one goal and spent 47 minutes in the sin bin in 12 games with Dinamo Minsk. 

Alexei Ponikarovsky headed to the KHL during the lockout and he concluded his time there with 18 points  in 32 contests with Donbass Donetsk. 

Blake Wheeler picked up six goals and 14 helpers in 15 matches with EHC Munchen of Germany's top division while the NHL locked out its players. 

Alexander Burmistrov was forced to deal with an injury to his upper body, but he has been limited to two goals and 11 points over 22 games with AHL St. John's this campaign.


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