Archive | June, 2013

KHL’s Interesting Take on Expansion Draft

12 Jun

A quick note about an inquiry I made today with the KHL staff concerning the June 17th expansion draft for Vladivostok.  All of the players available for Vladivostok to choose from was supposed to be determined by each team today (see my article over at EuroHockey.com).  However, a KHL spokesman said the names of those available players in the expansion draft would not be made public.

It made me wonder (and follow-up with the league) whether Vladivostok will know who is available prior to the 17th or if the players even know they might be moving a 3.5 hour drive from the North Korean border.

This could be a really great thing for fans, wondering if their favorite players would be moving or Far East Russian hockey fans wondering what talent might be available for them.  Yet, this has to be crazy nerve wracking for players…even if they know they might be Asia bound.  At least North American players will be closer to their continent :)…

***UPDATE – The KHL spokesperson responded and said Vladivostok and the player’s (or their agents) are aware informed of the transfer list.  Now that we know the players know, I wonder how the players feel about the move:  new opportunity or exile across Russia?

 

Washington Capitals Mock Draft

10 Jun

In my second article for The Hockey Writers, I examine current roster needs and predict a draft pick for the Washington Capitals (article here).  It wasn’t the easiest thing to do, because really you need to know who would be available–the first 22 selections in this case.  You also need to look at team needs while also predicting what the Caps management might do.  Will new Coach Adam Oates have more power or will they continue down the path of selecting offensive-minded European players as they have done with first-round picks in recent history.

There are also a million rankings out there, but none combine North American and European skaters into one category.  It makes it very hard to compare and contrast talent across multiple leagues.  Nevertheless, it was a fun exercise and I hope everyone enjoys the piece.

 

Check me out at The Hockey Writers

10 Jun

I am now contributing to The Hockey Writers about all things Euro hockey and for the Washington Capitals.  Here is my first piece about KHL expansion.  I’m looking forward to a lot of fun, hard work over the next few months.  Check out the site and give me a follow.  I will be writing a follow-up soon about the World Championships and my complete failure on semifinal winner predictions.  Stay tuned!