EuroVision: Highlights, notes, tweets and photos from across the pond – where the lockout doesn’t quite translate
After the minor crapstorm Nail Yakupov had to weather to be officially reinstated back into the KHL by Hockey Canada on Saturday, one might think he’d be fired up and ready to go Tuesday for his Russian team Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk’s match versus Alex Ovechkin’s Dynamo Moscow. Instead, the Edmonton Oilers’ first overall pick of the 2012 draft was a healthy scratch – something the flashy forward would never be on the OHL’s Sarnia Sting:
NYT reports that Nail Yakupov was a healthy scratch last night in KHL. That was Oil’s fear, compared to starring in Sarnia.
In two KHL games, played prior to his temporary ban, the prized 19-year-old has been held pointless despite taking seven shots on goal. Yakupov, who is a minus-1, could return to the lineup Wednesday when Neftekhimik faces Ilya Kovalchuk’s SKA.
Update: Yakupov was back in the lineup Wednesday, and he scored Neftekhimik’s first goal of the game. Watch (via @dchesnokov):
Evander Kane, the first locked-out Canadian NHLer to join the KHL, made his debut for Dinamo Minsk, who lost 2-1 at home to Lokomotiv. The game featured a genuine NHL goalie tilt, as Semyon Varlamov made 38 saves to outduel Pekka Rinne. The highlight package is worth a look, if only to see the fireballs that accompany the player introductions:
The NHLers-to-Europe tally hit the century mark on Tuesday when Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene signed to the Swedish Elite League’s Frolunda HC, making him the NHL’s 100th export. (No, Raptors fans, that doesn’t mean you get a free pepperoni or just-cheese slice.)
“Proud to be the newest member of @frolunda_ET! Can’t wait to arrive in Gothenburg on Thursday evening and to get an Indians jersey on,” Duchene tweeted. “To all the Avs fans, I’m even more excited to get back in the Burgundy and Blue! Hopefully it is soon.”
Bad news for a couple of the 100-plus. Kris Russell of the St. Louis Blues suffered a slight MCL tear, reports Andy Strickland. The defenceman had an MRI in Finland and will return stateside to be reevaluated and obtain an official diagnosis.
And Czech native Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames was injured while playing for Lev Prague (KHL):
Hudler leaving Lev due to injury. Confirmed to iSport he’ll start recovery from abdonimal & groin injury. Cervenka rumoured to replace him.