Ranking Former NHL Players Who Left for the KHL in 2013-14

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Ranking Former NHL Players Who Left for the KHL in 2013-14
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The average NHL fan is aware of Ilya Kovalchuk's departure to the KHL this offseason. I'm sure he or she may have heard about Nik Antropov, Alex Burmistrov, Wojtek Wolski and Alexei Ponikarovsky signing, too.

But what most don't realize is there were more than 30 players with NHL experience who signed in the KHL to head over for either their first full, non-lockout season in the KHL, or returned to the Russian league after playing in the NHL last season.

The KHL season got underway this week, and here, we'll rank every one of the aforementioned players. 

 

Rankings are soley based on educated opinion. Generally, "honorable mentions" did not have much NHL experience or have been out of the league for some time. All stats are from hockeyDB.com.

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