Despite the NHL’s continuing lockout, there is still hockey being played. Many of the players have signed to play with teams in the minor leagues and Europe.
For the younger players, it is a great way to continue to grow and gain experience. The big concern is making sure each player comes back healthy.
Here is a rundown of where players are at and how they are doing.
Datsyuk is playing for CSKA Moscow in the KHL. The team is in fourth place in the 14-team West division. Datsyuk is second on the team in points, despite playing in only 15 of the team's 23 games.
He has six goals and 13 assists.
Brunner was signed to the Red Wings this off season. Due to the lockout, he has stayed with his former team Zug, in the Swiss-A league.
Through 17 games, he has 11 goals and 17 assists to lead the team.
Zetterberg waited longer than most players before signing to play elsewhere during the lockout. When he did sign, he picked the perfect location, Zug in the Swiss-A league.
By signing with them, he is able to play alongside newly signed Red Wing Brunner. This should help them build chemistry for when they return to the Wings.
It has worked well for both, Brunner is their leading scorer and despite playing in only seven of the team’s 19 games, Zetterberg is already fourth. In that short time frame, he already has eight goals and five assists.
Kindl has headed back to the Czech league to play during the lockout. He has only played 16 games for Pardubice HC.
He has five assists in those games. He is a troubling minus-seven for the middle of the pack team.
Filppula is back in Finland playing for Jokerit Helsinki in the Sm-liiga league.
In 15 games, Filppula has six goals and nine assists.
The major concern right now is that he sprained his medial collateral ligament during a game. The results of his MRI are not known yet. Hopefully it is a minor strain, which would mean only missing a couple of weeks.
Emmerton also headed to Finland to play. He broke his finger during his first game with SaiPa Lappeenranta.
He will miss roughly two months after surgery on the finger.
Nyquist is playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He leads the team with six goals and nine assists in only 13 games.
He also has an impressive plus-nine rating for the Midwest Division leading team.
Smith is also playing in Grand Rapids. Like Nyquist, he is also playing very well with three goals and five assists.
Miller is playing with Braehead Clan in the EIHL league in England. In nine games, he has three goals and 10 assists.
Mursak is playing in Austria for Ljubljana Olimpija HK. Despite only playing in 13 of the team's 19 games, Mursak is second in team scoring.
He has seven goals and 15 assists.
Quincey has two goals and seven assists in nine games. He is playing for the Denver Cutthroats in the CHL.
Ericsson played seven games in Sweden. Due to tax reasons, he has chosen to not stay and play anymore this calendar year.
He played for two lower-division teams while in Sweden and was undefeated in his short time there.
Hopefully the two sides can come to an agreement soon, and the next stats update will be from Red Wing players actually playing for the Red Wings.
PJ Sapienza is a featured columnist covering the Detroit Red Wings as well as many other sports.
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