Top Non-NHL Players Playing in Europe Who Could Soon Get an NHL Look
When the NHL lockout went into effect, there was a mass exodus of players who bolted to play overseas in Europe. This shift has led to these players lighting up the KHL, SEL and other top European league.
However, there are some top non-NHL players in these leagues who could soon get an NHL look because of their talent.
Sergei Mozyakin is currently the No.2 scorer in the KHL, just behind NHL-defector Alexander Radulov.
Mozyakin is a forward for Metallurg Magnitogorsk and he has 29 points in only 20 games. Last year, the KHL forward had 39 points in 53 games.
This dynamic scoring forward could receive an NHL look because he has a history of success in the KHL.
Dmitry Makarov is a 29-year-old forward who stands 6'0" and weighs 212 pounds. He currently plays for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and has 24 points in 22 games, after recording only 31 points in 41 games in 2011-12.
Makarov has stepped his game up over the past few years, and he has the potential to hop to the NHL if an opportunity was afforded to him.
Carl Söderberg is a former St.Louis Blues and Boston Bruins prospect who never played a game in the NHL. Söderberg is a speedy and well sized forward—6'3" and 207 pounds— is only 27 years old, and he never got a shot in the NHL.
With Linköpings HC of the SEL, the Swedish forward has 23 points in 19 games, and he is on pace to post career highs in 2012-13.
Pär Arlbrandt is currently the SEL's top scorer through 20 games in 2012-13, with 24 points.
The 30-year-old forward is on the small side, however, his 5'8" and 183-pound frame allows him to use his top-end speed to exploit defenders.
Arlbrandt is currently skating for Linköpings HC, and he is on pace to shatter his 2011-12 totals of 37 points in 55 games.
Mikhail Varnakov is having an amazing 2012-13 season thus far, and he has already exceeded his production from last season.
The 5'9" forward is skating for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and he has 23 points in 22 games, after recording only 22 points in 48 games this season.
He is on the small side, but his scoring touch could allow him to earn a spot or an NHL tryout for a team looking to add a sniper.
Bud Holloway is a Canadian-born player who never received a shot in the NHL. He did play for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL, but he has spent the last two seasons in the SEL.
In 75 games with Skellefteå AIK of the SEL, Holloway has 73 points, and he is on pace to have a career year.
Holloway has the connections to hockey in North America so if he continues to produce, he has a really good chance of finally getting his NHL shot.
Jakub Petružálek is a center who is currently skating for Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL. The Czech-born forward is 27-years-old, and has 23 points in 25 games. He is an older forward who has scored 74 points in 79 KHL games, and he also played in the SEL.
If this scoring forward was given an opportunity, he has the potential and skills to join an NHL team on a tryout basis.