NHL Lockout: Overseas Stars Fans Should Be Watching While Labor Dispute Rages On
While many NHL players are standing around with their arms crossed, awaiting the end of the current lockout, others, like Alexander Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk, are wasting no time, excelling overseas for European clubs.
The latest lockout developments came on Thursday, when the NHL made an offer to the Players' Association. But the situation on the league's lockout front remains unchanged. And instead of sitting and waiting like many of the owners and players, NHL fans must turn their attention overseas, where a handful of NHLers are setting the ice on fire.
Evgeni Malkin, Metallurg Magnitogorsk
The reigning NHL MVP, Evgeni Malkin has been an absolute stud for KHL club Metallurg Magnitogorsk this season, tallying 54 points through his first 34 games with the squad.
Malkin currently ranks second in the KHL in points, and leads all in assists with 36 total.
Pittsburgh Penguins fans surely miss Malkin as much as they miss hockey right now. But at least they can still watch the talented center do what he does best while the NHL lockout wears on. Malkin's Metallurg club is currently in third place in the KHL's Eastern Conference this season.
Unforgettable performances like this one against Atlant, in which Malkin recorded a hat trick, speak to his unrivaled skill set.
Tyler Seguin, EHC Biel
It's difficult to believe that Tyler Seguin is just 20 years old, considering how dominant he has been as an NHL player over the past two seasons for the Boston Bruins, helping the franchise win the Stanley Cup title in 2011.
But with the NHL lockout going strong, Seguin has been showcasing his abilities in Switzerland's National League A for club EHC Biel. The Ontario native has been lighting it up in Europe so far, scoring 25 goals, and assisting on 15 others in just 29 games.
Don't let Seguin's baby face fool you. Even though the Bruins center isn't even old enough to purchase alcohol in the United States, he plays with the fire and passion of a seasoned veteran.
Just watch this performance by Seguin against Geneve-Servette last month.
Damien Brunner, EV Zug
Detroit Red Wings rookie Damien Brunner has yet to even take the ice for the NHL powerhouse, but he will surely join the Wings once the lockout ends, whenever that happens to be.
For now, Brunner is dominating the Swiss National League. He leads the league with 53 points in just 30 games. The 26-year-old is deadly as a scorer (24 goals) and just as lethal as a playmaker (29 assists).
It truly is a pleasure to watch Brunner with the puck. Right now, the biggest shame is that his NHL debut has been delayed by the seemingly never-ending lockout.
But it's only a matter of time before he brings the sort of goal-scoring prowess shown in the above highlight (1:05 mark) to North America.
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