Matt Anderson, Right Wing
The West Islip, N.Y., native saw his first NHL action with the New Jersey Devils last season, but without an NHL contract, he now heads to Moscow to play for Spartak. He registered an assist in his first game, so now he's scored as many points in the KHL as he has in the NHL.
Barry Brust, Goaltender
Brust, a former third-round pick with the Minnesota Wild in 2002, appeared in 11 games with the Los Angeles Kings in 2006-07. It'd be his only NHL action, as he spent most of his time in North America bouncing between the AHL and the ECHL. He has one year of overseas action in DEL in 2011-12, but takes his talents to the Medvescak Zagreb where he'll split time with Mark Dekanich.
Jonathan Cheechoo, Right Wing
A resume that includes a season with 56 goals and 37 assists is not very common among KHL players, but Cheechoo was brought down by injuries. He scored the first goal of Medvescak Zagreb's time in the KHL. He hasn't appeared in an NHL game since 2010.
Mark Dekanich, Goaltender
Dekanich has 50 minutes of NHL experience with the Nashville Predators. He won Medvescak Zagreb's first game in the KHL in commanding 7-1 fashion this season.
Mike Glumac, Right Wing
Glumac played in DEL the last three seasons, but he'll join Medvescak Zagreb this season. A Miami (Ohio) graduate, Glumac saw most of his NHL action in 2005-06 for the St. Louis Blues.
Evgeny Grachev, Left Wing
It's hard to understand why Grachev's game didn't come together at a professional level. He had an excellent year in the OHL in 2008-09, scoring 80 points in 60 regular-season games and another 25 points in 19 games in the playoffs for the Brampton Battalion. The former third-round NHL pick had tremendous upside and potential that just never materialized into anything great, even at an AHL level.
He'll play his first season in the KHL with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
Shaun Heshka, Defenseman
An undrafted free agent in the NHL, Heshka spent time in the Vancouver Canucks system for three years before playing in eight games for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009-10. The AHL veteran spent last season in SM-liiga and is making his KHL debut with Ak Bars Kazan this season.
Jonas Holos, Defenseman
Holos played one season for the Colorado Avalanche, skating in 39 games and recording six assists. He's played in the SEL the last two seasons and is playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in his first KHL action this year.
Hugh Jessiman, Right Wing
Jessiman is one of the biggest busts in NHL history. He's only appeared in one NHL game. He'll now serve as a role player with Medvescak Zagreb.
Boyd Kane, Left Wing
Kane's been out of the NHL since 2010, spending his time as a veteran leader on the Hershey Bears in the AHL. He played 31 NHL games with the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, registering three assists. He'll serve as a bottom-six forward with Medvescak Zagreb this season.
Anton Klementyev, Defenseman
After spending 2012-13 out of hockey and missing the latter half of 2011-12 serving a suspension for failing to report to the ECHL, the former Islanders prospect will spend the year with Atlant Mytishchi. He only has one career NHL appearance, and it's likely to stay that way.
Tomas Kubalik, Right Wing
Kubalik, a former fifth-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, spent all of last year in the AHL. His last NHL affiliation was with the Winnipeg Jets. He has one goal and three assists in 12 NHL appearances, and he'll give overseas action a shot with HC Lev Praha in his native Czech Republic.
Michael Leighton, Goaltender
It's hard to believe it's been almost three years since Leighton was the Philadelphia Flyers' backstop during their run to the Stanley Cup Final. His trade to the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't yield another chance to earn a job in the NHL again. He'll play with Donbass Donetsk is his first KHL season.
Kurtis McLean, Center
McLean only played four NHL games with the Islanders back in 2008-09, and he's been out of North America for four years, but this is the first season he'll play in the KHL. He'll be a member of Metallurg Novokuznetsk, joining defenseman Ray Giroux, a seven-year KHL veteran, as the only member with any NHL experience.
Brandon Reid, Center
Reid has been out of North America since 2007. The former Canucks draft pick played in 12 NHL games. He's been playing in DEL and the Swiss-A league since. This season with CSKA Moskva will be his first. He's the only North American-born player on the squad.
Michael Ryan, Left Wing
The former 1999 second-round pick of the Dallas Stars left for the SM-liiga last season after spending most of his career on the AHL-NHL bubble. He has 15 points in 83 NHL games to his name, and he'll play on Medvescak Zagreb this season.
Brian Salcido, Defenseman
The former fifth-round pick of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2005 is making the transition from SM-liiga to the KHL with Amur Khabarovsk this season. He appeared in two games with Anaheim in 2008-09.
Bill Thomas, Right Wing
Thomas joins 18 other North Americans with NHL experience on Medvescak Zagreb's squad this year. Thomas played in the Swiss-A league during the 2004-05 lockout, but this will be his first year in the KHL. He has 28 points in 87 career NHL appearances.
Brian Willsie, Right Wing
Willlsie has 381 career appearances in the NHL. In his best season, he managed 41 points in 82 games for the Washington Capitals in 2005-06. Mostly a career journeyman, he left North America in 2012-13 and split his time between SM-liiga and the Swiss-A league. He'll play for Medvescak Zagreb this season.