Monday, October 25, 2010

Updates from around the hockey world.

  • Alexander Radulov of Ufa Salavat currently has more assists than any other player even has points in the Kontinental League. His 24 helpers are one more than second place Roman Cervenka has points. Radulov's 5 goals give him 29 points in 18 games, 6 ahead of Cervenka, and 7 clear of third place Mattias Weinhandl.

  • Other notables in the Russian circuit are Pavol Demitra with 19 points in fifth place and defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh right behind with 17 assists and 19 points in 20 games. Another ex-NHL D-man, Deron Quint has 9 goals and 1 assist in 17 games for Traktor Chelyabinsk to sit a mere 4 off the overall league goal lead.

  • In Canadian major junior, Florida fourth round pick in 2009 Garrett Wilson is off to an insane start. He has 16 goals and 24 points in 12 games for Owen Sound after scoring 36 last season. Three top contenders to go early in the 2011 entry draft are having terrific starts as well. Kitchener defender, Ryan Murphy has 7 goals and 19 points in 12 games. In the QMJHL, Sean Couturier has 11 goals and 24 points in 17 games while out west Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Red Deer has 3 goals and 20 points in 14 games.

  • Staying in the "Dub", the Vancouver Giants duo of Craig Cunningham and Brendan Gallagher are on a tear. Boston draftee Cunningham leads in points with 31 in 15 games and Montreal pick Gallagher is second with 26. His 15 goals is tops in the loop. The fact that they are 5'9" and 5'8" respectively does not seem to be hindering them down one bit.

  • Back across the pond in the Swiss League, ex-Red Wing and Wild Stacy Roest is on an early tear. His 28 points in 18 games leads by 7 over second place Niklas Nordgren. Roest is in his in his eighth season for Rapperswil-Jona.

  • At the opposite end of the scoring scale is this year's Swedish Elite League where only one player in the entire circuit has over a point per game. With 14 points in 13 games, Skelleftea's Joakim Lindstrom tops the league ahead of three guys with 13 points, three with 12, three with 11 and six players with 10 points. 16 players within four points at the top of the leader board, a log jam indeed.

  • A name to keep in mind for the 2011 NHL draft is Sam Mellor a 17 year old with the Trail Smoke Eaters in the BCJHL. He will most likely be one of the highest rated of the Tier II players and is currently leading the BC league with 21 goals in 19 games, his 35 points put him second overall behind 20 year old undrafted Bradley McGowan.

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