I don't know if this is relevant, but Justin Kreuger signed with Carolina and will play in North America next season. I just noticed he's still listed with Bern here.
Players are always listed by the team they played for during the current season. Alexander Barta is also listed as playing for Hamburg, even though he won't be with the team next year. Same with Gogulla, who was listed as playing for Portland last year, even though he had already signed in Cologne.
As for Lavallee, he can't be worse than Bakos and Schmidt were at the Olympics
What about Tom Kühnhackl now that Windsor is bounced from the OHL Playoffs. He's was leader scorer in the playoffs with 23 pts in 18 games...
I don't think he is an option. Krupp was reluctant to add some of the better players just because they had long runs in the DEL-Playoffs and missed the exhibition games and training camp. I don't think he will add a 19-year-old that has never played with this team before.
Hopefully he will keep this up. I was very happy with him. He played a very responsible game. I only noticed one or two little mistakes and lot of good defensive plays.
I'm gonna be much more relaxed in the games to come.
It's great to see that Germany is doing so well! I wish I could watch some of the games, but I'm in South Africa currently. The German's have many good, young players and in coming years could be full of NHLers. I'm thinking that within the next two years Holzer, Mueller, Krueger, Greiss and Endras will all be in the NHL with Kuehnhackl, Rieder, Noebels, Hofflin, Abeltshauser, Pielmeier, Flaake, Elsner and Grubauer (and more) as NHL prospects. Looks promising!
Like Brian Burke has said before, Germany is the next "Sweden" in terms of hockey production and development. Having a huge country like Germany join the big 7 is huge for the growth of the sport around the world.
Also I know I can be unreasonably optimistic, but I just really want to see hockey grow and I think Germany is really emerging and doing a good job of develoment.
You may be a little too optimistic, but in a good way.
I think there have been some improvements in the past that are paying off a little right now, but DEL, DEB and ESBG are already working hard to make sure it won't get any better any time soon.
There are certaine limits to the growth of hockey in Germany, unless you think real long term or if they just decided one day to ban football (soccer).
But even within those limits there is still room for more improvement. I just don't think the people in charge are willing or able to take the necessary steps.
Also basketball might become more popular soon with the involvement of Bayern München. Although the people in charge of basketball are just as logheaded as those in hockey and might squander that opportunity.
I'll better stop now before I get myself worked up over this again, and before this goes any more off topic.