Unless you get ESPN, live in Eastern Europe, or have been following along on a grainy, slow, and pirated feed on your computer, then there is probably not a strong chance you have seen many Leafs regulars in action recently. The fact is, many are playing across the pond in the KHL and other various leagues around Europe. Here is a quick update on how a handful are performing with their current clubs.
Mikhail Grabovski – CSKA Moscow
Grabovski has been playing over in Russia and has looked quite confident so far this season. The speedy center had two assists in a Moscow 3-2 win over Torpedo Novgorod last week and is now up to 15 points in 19 games for the campaign. Playing with the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Alexander Radulov doesn’t hurt matters either.
Joffrey Lupul – Yekaterinburg Automobilist
Try saying the name of Lupul’s KHL squad three times fast. You pretty much need to have won a spelling bee at one point in your life to spell it properly without looking. Lupul has only played six games and has collected four points with his new team. He tallied a goal and an assist on Wednesday in a 6-3 win over Dinamo Minsk.
Nikolai Kulemin – Magnitogorsk Metallurg
Kulemin seems to have found a bit of the offensive touch in the KHL that he lost last year. He potted his ninth goal of the year on Wednesday as Metallurg dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Vityaz. Kulemin also has eight assists and is a plus-11 in 2012-13.
Clarke MacArthur – Eispiraten Crimmitschau
MacArthur seems to be enjoying his stay in Germany with a goal and five assists in six games. The tenacity he has shown in the NHL hasn’t left him in Europe as he has also posted 16 minutes in penalties.
Carl Gunnarsson – Orebro
Gunnarsson has had a quiet time back in Sweden so far, recording just a single point for his home town team of Orebro. However, the big defenseman looks pretty sharp in this shot, and resembles somewhat of a walking billboard.