NHL teams import European options every season, via the draft and free agency. For fans, it's often difficult to keep track of them—some are returning from a couple of years in Europe, others are making their first sojourn into North American hockey.
This year's list is dominated by intriguing free-agent signings. Several teams are attempting to add depth and value to their current rosters by adding to the group with outside free agents. If it works, these teams will have acquired useful players at a percentage of the cost of NHL free agents.
Here are the top 10 imports for this fall from Europe and their possible impact on the 2014-15 NHL season.