Currently there’s a certain player by the name of Alexander Radulov tearing up Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, with 35 points (14 goals) in 25 games for CSKA Moscow.
It begs the question: How long before this guy gets fitted for a National Hockey League jersey??? Oh, right…as soon as they find a way to secure the tie-down with a padlock or get players to agree to no-movement clauses.
While technically Radulov is the cream of the crop as far as non-National Hockey League players go, this list is dedicated to players 30 years or younger who aren’t restricted free agents, those whose rights are currently up for grabs, and, most importantly, those who could actually theoretically help out a team right now.
Unfortunately, so few talented hockey players moonlight as mediators in this day and age.
In any case, here are 13 top international, non-NHL players and the teams that would be the best fit for each of them: