Another week has been whittled away and the NHL lockout continues. I had hoped to be doing a training camp primer piece for Nov. 12, but instead it looks like said article is weeks away yet. So what can anxious fantasy owners do while this senseless dispute continues? Why, take yet another look at 400-odd NHL players who are playing in other leagues on both sides of the pond. This week we’ll review some of the players who aren’t doing so hot in their new – temporary – homes.
Jakub Kindl, Detroit
While playing for the Red Wings, Kindl hasn’t progressed as quickly as poolies would like. In fact, glaciers move faster than his development has. Don’t turn to his Czech League performance for hope. He has five assists in 16 games for HC Pardubice and a team-low minus-7 rating to go with it.
Luke Adam, Buffalo
As I noted on Twitter Saturday, Adam kicked off last campaign with 11 points in 11 games for the Sabres. He then went into a tailspin, posting just nine points in 41 NHL games… and began an equally terrible American League run that extended into 2012-13. For Rochester, he has just 18 points in his last 38 games.
Anton Babchuk, Calgary
That untapped offensive potential that we’ve been waiting for is still in hibernation. Babchuk had 35 points in back-to-back seasons for Calgary and Carolina before regressing. Now with Donbass Donetsk of the Kontinental League, he has just two points in 16 contests.
Evander Kane, Winnipeg
While Dinamo Minsk teammate Tim Stapleton leads the club with 18 points in 24 games, Kane hasn’t adapted to the KHL quite as well. He has just one point in 11 games – plus 47 penalty minutes and a suspension. In the NHL last season, Stapleton had 27 points for the Jets versus teammate Kane’s 57.
Joe Pavelski, San Jose
A teammate of Evander Kane’s on Dinamo Minsk, Pavelski is having a similarly slow start. He has just one point in seven games. This is on the heels of going pointless in the first round of the 2012 NHL post-season.
Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia
Much has been made of Bryzgalov’s antics while with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow. He has played the fewest games of the three goaltenders on his team and his numbers are the worst. On its own, the KHL performance isn’t a problem. But combine it with the last year with the Flyers and poolies should be concerned about what’s going on inside his head. Sometimes goalies have trouble pulling out of mental breakdowns and their play never recovers.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal
Pacioretty had just one point in five games for Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss League. As a measure of comparison, his teammate is former NHLer Jason Williams, who has 16 points in 18 games. He has been battling the flu and an elbow injury, in his defense, and was granted release from his lockout contract about four weeks ago.
Mike Santorelli, Florida
Santorelli couldn’t get it going for the Panthers last season and was in the press box from time to time. It was the result of being unable to adapt to a lesser role, as the Panthers stocked up on forwards in summer 2011. He was unable to shake off the rust with Tingsryd of the Swedish league Allsvenskan. After just an assist in four games, he was given a release.
Stefan Elliott, Colorado
One of the top defensemen prospects in the world was kept up with the big club too long last season. His confidence possibly took a hit. Whatever the reason, we’re seeing something wrong here – Elliott has zero points in 10 games with Lake Erie of the AHL.
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