With recent news of Auston Matthews potentially playing in Switzerland, and a growing interest in European sporting culture, I've been looking into European hockey leagues. I know hardly anything about them, and I would like to learn a little more, as it seems to be some decent hockey, and it's interesting to look at as a stepping stone to the NHL. I'm trying to gauge what league is the best, as far as competition and player quality goes. I feel as though it is unquestionably the KHL, but again I don't know too much and could be quite wrong. For those of you that follow European hockey, how would you rank the following:
And then beyond that, what is the quality of play like in leagues like the Metal Ligaen, Get Ligaen, Slovak Extraliga, Latvian league, etc. ? Obviously these countries aren't quite as far in their development, but I'm wondering if there is still quality hockey going on.