Undoubtedly, the NHL is the best hockey league in the world—by far. But in 2008, Russians decided to stop this dominance by creating a new, more competitive league.
With a new financial power, it is no surprise that some former NHL stars signed with teams of the Continental Hockey League (KHL).
Now, with nearly two KHL seasons finished, I prepared a ranking of the ten best former NHL players who made it over pond in recent years.
But have in mind that there is not just the KHL as an important major hockey league in Europe. Some of the players are doing well in other leagues than the KHL.
To be included to my ranking, a player had to play an important part in both the NHL and his new league. I put the players name, his NHL time, and his new team in Europe in the headline of each slide.