So we all know how well the Oilers who are playing in Oklahoma City are doing, but what is going on with the few that decided to go over to Europe and play you ask. Well here is an update on how Sam Gagner, Ladislav Smid, Ales Hemsky, Lennart Petrell, Corey Potter, and of course Nail Yakupov.
I’ll start with 23 year old center Sam Gagner, who is slated to anchor the second line this season for the Oil. He has signed with Klagenfurt AC in Austria, a team that also features towering Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers. So far this season he has only played in 3 games registering 2 assists and an even +/-. I can’t seem to find any TOI stats for him, but I did manage to find this video on youtube of Klagenfurts 4-2 win over Innsbruck. If you sprekin ze deutche this shouldn’t be a problem, if you don’t then mute or leave it on for a laugh. Sam isn’t really featured in this video but he is wearing #97 for the team in Red.
Ales Hemsky signed in his home town of Pardubice in the Czech Leagu3e, the team is currently 8-6-0-3 and Ales is second on team scoring with 7G-7A in 13 games, wait, what he shoots? Anyhow if you visit Pardubice’s website you will quickly notice that he is the face of that franchise. There aren’t any decent highlights out there for this team, but if you go looking I highly recommend you check out their Ice Girls.
Also in the Czech league is defenseman Ladislav Smid, he is playing for the HC Liberec White Tigers. A team that also boasts, Petr Nedved, Wayne Simmonds, and Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. They currently sport a record below .500 sitting at 4-8-0-3. Smid has chipped in with 1 goal 4 assists 22 PIMS and is -4 in the 12 games he’s played.
Corey Potter and Lennart Petrell, bubble players with the Oilers have also ventured over to Europe. Potter in the Austrian League playing for Vienna where he has 2 assists in 6 games and Petrell is over in Finland playing for his home town club HIFK Helsinki. Lennart is currently going for the Finnish Elite leagues version of the Cy Young Award, his stats line is 7G-0A in 11 games, pretty good for a bubble NHL 4th liner.
And now Nail Yakupov, you all probably know by now but the Oilers first overall pick is having a great start to the season in the KHL. Another Cy Young candidate Nail has 8 goals and 2 assists, most of his goals are of the highlight reel variety.
Other Stuff and Things….
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