NHL Lockout: How Are the Toronto Maple Leafs Players Doing Overseas?

Jon ReidCorrespondent IIOctober 24, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 6: Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre March 6, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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We're now almost six weeks into the latest NHL lockout.

After the latest developments surrounding negotiations, it doesn't appear that a resolution will come to fruition anytime soon either.

For a few of the Toronto Maple Leafs players, however, the hockey season is underway overseas in Europe.

Let's take a look at how they're faring early on.


Mikhail Grabovski

The Leafs No. 2 center and $5.5 million man elected to head back to Russia to play for CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

Moscow currently sits sixth in the league with 34 points, eight points behind the league leaders, Dynamo Moscow through 19 games.

Grabovski himself has played in just nine of his club's games, tallying six points, including three goals in those contests.

Grabovski will continue to play alongside fellow NHLers Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Bryzgalov and Alexander Radulov for the remainder of his time in Russia.


Nikolai Kulemin

Also playing in the KHL this season is Leafs winger and Grabovski's linemate, Nikolai Kulemin.

Kulemin decided to take his talents to Russia just before Grabovski and has, as a result, played in a few more games than his Belorussian counterpart for his club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Through his first 12 games, Kulemin has sniped four goals and added three assists, for a total of seven points.

Hopefully Kulemin can continue to find a way to score goals and can carry that over to his NHL performances when hockey resumes.

While the KHL may not be the NHL, it's still good to see Kulemin scoring goals again.


Cody Franson

The third and final Leafs player currently playing overseas is unsigned, restricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson.

Franson has only played four games so far in Sweden for Brynas IF, but has gotten off to a shaky start, posting a minus four player rating and not having posted a point up to this point.

While the lack of a preseason and training camp may have left Franson somewhat rusty, it hasn't been a promising start for the youngster in Sweden.

Hopefully this will prove to be a good warm-up for the 25-year-old should a solution to the NHL lockout be hashed out.