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Old 04-22-2019, 07:54 PM   #41
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I think this guy was considered, by a few sources, to be the #1 free agent from the KHL this season.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:12 PM   #42
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I think this guy was considered, by a few sources, to be the #1 free agent from the KHL this season.
Corey Pronman had an article with the top free agents from the CHL, college and Europe
https://theathletic.com/860737/2019/.../?redirected=1

14. Ilya Mikheyev, RW , Omsk-KHL- expected to sign with Vegas
Oct. 10, 1994 | 6-foot-2 | 194 pounds

Mikheyev is intriguing because heís a 6-foot-2, strong winger who can get to the net and score goals. He skates fine and has some skill, but I donít love his puck game or vision as plus attributes. Heíll compete, score a few for you and had a great season in the KHL with an expiring contract; but for the NHL heís a bottom of the lineup type, if that.
16. Vasili Demchenko, G, Traktor-KHL
March 16, 1994 | 6-foot-2 | 165 pounds

Demchenko put up great numbers in the KHL the past few seasons. He has some qualities that could translate to the NHL. Heís 6-foot-2, he moves well, he has good hockey sense, he reads shooters effectively and he plays aggressively. Nothing about his game wows me. He can have a little extra movement in his crease, but his technical base is fine.
21. Alexander Yelesin, D, Yaroslav-KHL
Yelesin is a solid two-way defenseman. Heís not dynamic but he skates well, can move the puck well and has some value on the power play. Heís not the biggest guy but he plays hard and doesnít mind engaging in the physical aspects of the game.
Speaking of European free agents, I wonder when Joakim Nygard will make his decision. Last we heard the Flames and Sens were both chasing him heavily.

11. Joakim Nygard, LW, Farjestad-SHL
Jan. 8, 1993 | six-foot | 193 pounds

Nygard is an older player at age 26, but heís got good skill and speed, and competes well. There are some scouts who donít see him as a real prospect, but some teams gave him attention, and folks in Sweden think he has the right skill set to produce offense in North America.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:13 PM   #43
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I think this guy was considered, by a few sources, to be the #1 free agent from the KHL this season.
Is this like "best player outside of the Nhl" Feaster stuff? Or really a guy who serious scouts had reported on?

If so, then that is awesome!


I see AC was posting a legit write up as I was asking?
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Is this like "best player outside of the Nhl" Feaster stuff? Or really a guy who serious scouts had reported on?

If so, then that is awesome!


I see AC was posting a legit write up as I was asking?
Yelesin appeared in the THN future watch but I don't have it with me to see exactly what he said. Whatever it was - it was enough for me to sign him in our calgarypuck fantasy league.
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Alright scoring numbers, appears to remain injury free and had a good playoff this year.

https://www.eliteprospects.com/playe.../joakim-nygard

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Nygard's notched 21 goals and 14 assists this season and is drawing interest from scouts for his incredible speed, Dreger added.
https://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/1738309

Sounds like he would make a great winger for Backlund.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:51 PM   #46
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Gio-Andersson
Valimaki-Hanifin
Kylington-Hamonic
Fantenberg-Yelesin

Trade Brodie and Stone.
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Alright scoring numbers, appears to remain injury free and had a good playoff this year.

https://www.eliteprospects.com/playe.../joakim-nygard

https://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/1738309

Sounds like he would make a great winger for Backlund.
https://thehockeynews.com/news/artic...land-nhl-deals
Hakan Loob will have great knowledge of Nygard as he plays for Farjestad and has been with that team for a number of years. Hopefully Nygard had a good relationship with his former Swedish League GM and that will be a deciding factor in him signing here.
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It's amazing to me that Russia can produce some of the absolute best forwards to ever play the sport, and yet consistently ice national teams featuring Alexei Emelin.

Andrei Markov is the best Russian defenseman of the last fifteen years. And Markov is a good player, but if the best defenseman Canada produced in the last decade was Marc Edouard Vlasic, a summit would be held.
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It's amazing to me that Russia can produce some of the absolute best forwards to ever play the sport, and yet consistently ice national teams featuring Alexei Emelin.

Andrei Markov is the best Russian defenseman of the last fifteen years. And Markov is a good player, but if the best defenseman Canada produced in the last decade was Marc Edouard Vlasic, a summit would be held.
Zubov and Gonchar were both miles better but your point is well taken.
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I didn’t mind Kasparaitis.
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I didnít mind Kasparaitis.
He was Lithuanian.
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Zubov and Gonchar were both miles better but your point is well taken.
Zubov and Gonchar began their careers in the early-mid 90s, so I counted them as a previous generation.

Zubov is probably the best Russian defenseman this side of Fetisov.
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Interesting that the Flames got him despite our depth on D. I'm sure he'd want to have every opportunity to play once he comes over.
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Interesting that the Flames got him despite our depth on D. I'm sure he'd want to have every opportunity to play once he comes over.
After a prospective Brodie trade, you have:

Gio-Andersson
Hanifin-Hamonic
Valimaki-Stone
Kylington-Yelesin

Two defensemen traded this summer perhaps?
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He was Lithuanian.


Lithuania was part of the USSR when he was born. He played for Russia internationally his whole career.
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Yelesin Blasts one past Markstrom in the SWE-RUS Pre-Tourney Game.

https://streamable.com/wirnh

Thanks to Galaxy91122 for the highlight.
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I didnít mind Kasparaitis.
Lotsa knees did.
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He was Lithuanian.

So was Marko Ramius
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Yelesin Blasts one past Markstrom in the SWE-RUS Pre-Tourney Game.

https://streamable.com/wirnh

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Someone who can score on Markstrom? Sign him already!!!
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