Prospect Ramblings: Quick Guide to Euro Hockey + CHL Highlights

by Jokke Nevalainen on September 12, 2018

 

Hockey is back! I know hockey fans in North America are always saying “Is it October yet?” but in Europe, the hockey season is ongoing already. The Champions Hockey League started on August 30th (my recap of the first week can be found from here), and the first major national league to start their season was the Russian KHL which started on September first.

 

The Finnish Liiga will start their season on Friday whereas the Swedish SHL starts on Saturday. Additionally, the top junior leagues in Russia (MHL) and Finland (Jr. A SM-Liiga) have started already whereas the Swedish junior league (SuperElit) starts today. Here’s a list of players to watch from the three major pro leagues in Europe – most of the fantasy-relevant prospects play in these leagues.

 

KHL

Website (in English): en.khl.ru

 

 

SHL

Website (in Swedish): shl.se

 

 

Liiga

Website (in English): liiga.fi/en/

 

 

Some of the younger players won’t spend the entire season at the top level because they can be moved up and down freely, so they’re often called up when injuries occur. But sometimes those youngsters play so well they get to stay up for good. It’s also possible some of the more developed players from the SHL and the Liiga play well enough in NHL training camps that they get to start the season there, or they’re possibly sent to the AHL instead of returning to Europe. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Jonathan Davidsson and Isac Lundeström are names that come to mind, although Davidsson apparently has an European assignment clause which means the Blue Jackets can’t send him to the AHL without his approval.

 

There are also a few interesting players in Allsvenskan, the second-highest level in Sweden. Filip Johansson (MIN) and Calle Själin (NYR) play for Leksands IF. Jacob Ragnarsson (NYR) and Simon Johansson (MIN) play for Almtuna IS. Oskar Bäck (DAL) plays for BIK Karlskoga. And then there’s also Philip Broberg (2019) who plays for AIK. He made a name for himself at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and got high praise from Craig Button especially.

 

I had the pleasure of covering both the SHL and the Liiga last season but with my added responsibilities this season, I have to let go at least one of those monthly editorials. If you’re interested in either of them, you can find instructions on how to apply from here: Join our Staff.

 

What added responsibilities?” one might ask. Well, I started writing a weekly column at DobberHockey. It’s called “The Journey”, it’s about prospects, and it comes out every Saturday. The first one came out last week: The Journey: Post-Hype Sleeper Prospects.

 

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Champions Hockey League

 

The second week of the Champions Hockey League is in the books now. My recap of week one can be found from here. Below are some highlights from the second week. Enjoy!

 

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And that’s all for now. Feel free to add comments below. Follow me on Twitter @JokkeNevalainen.