Peter Strom RW 6' 2" 185 Right 01-14-1975 Snotorp,SE 10th pick (200) - 1994 (8th round)
Rene Vydareny D 6' 1" 205 Left 05-06-1981 Bratislava NA,SK Trade - 03/09/2004 (VAN)
just wondering if anybody knows some background on these player and their status with the team at the present.
Mikkola plays for Karpat of the FNL along with other Hab prospects Oskari Korpikari and Victor Ujick. Mikkola has been a big success in the FNL helping Karpat win the league championship 2 out of 3 years. Plus he's played for the National team during Euro Cup. Smallish but skilled defensemen.
Sidyakin plays for Salavat (Puurula played for them last year) He had a career year this season by a wide margin and was one of the top goal scorers in the RSL this year. I am surprised he didn't get an invite to the National team after the year he had.
Kruchinin plays for Lada and at times he was paired with Alexi Emelin on the right side. He also had a career year and is currently playing for the National team at Euro Cup and looks to have a roster spot on the WC team.
Guren plays in the RSL for Siber, haven't followed him at all since he turned down resigning with the Habs after a really good year with the Quebec Citadelles.
Ujcik from what I understand had a disappointing year, I think he had some injuries. I saw him play for Karpat and was really impressed with his skills. He passed the puck well and had a decent shot. Too bad he never came over just to see what he could do.
Buturlin plays for Lada with Kruchinin and Emelin. He was 2nd on the team in scoring. I have liked what I've seen from him as well. He's got a good frame, decent skills and seems to have good strength.
Staal is in the SEL, havent' followed him over the last few years, I heard many times he was coming over but he never did. Don't know why cause he is one of the Euro prospects I felt would be well suited for the NHL cause he plays a gritty game and seems to have decent skills.
Anger I have never seen play and haven't followed him much at all.
Strom has been in the SEL, never seen him play likely never will. I thought I just heard he was released from his SEL team.
Vydareny is in the Czech elite league, I've heard he will play for the Slovaks at the WC's. Thought he was ok with the little I saw him in Hamilton.
Mikkola never came here either, did he ?
I think only Jarventie came over, as long as we're speaking about Finnish defensemen.
Ujcik was a lock on the Czech team when we drafted him. Kinda like Sushinsky with Russia. I guess he's a bit on the downside now...
I can't see any of these players trying to cross the pond in the future though. And I'm starting to wonder if we'll ever see Korneev or Korpikari.
Correct Mikkola never came over. Jarventie did as well as fellow Fin Vertala but he wasn't a defensemen.
I agree I dont see any of these guys crossing the pond, but we'll find out this summer cause we lose all of the rights to any Euro draft pick up to the 2002 draft. I personally dont think we'll see Korneev, but I hope we see Korpikari, although he doesn't have to be signed till next summer of '07, same with Heino. Grabovsky and Emelin don't need to be signed till '08. Linhart is with Korneev, as both have to be signed this summer, but I'd be surprised if either is. I would like to see Korneev come over just don't think he will.
I do wonder if Gainey will surprise us and sign any of these guys since it's sign them now or lose them, but chances not likely imo. Still it would make camp intersting.