Zurich takes their second Russian RW of the draft

In the first round, Zurich GM Dennis Sullo picked a Moscow-born right wing. In the second round, he picked a Moscow-born right wing. Expect a call from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Dennis. Alexey Toropchenko, a 6-foot-tall, 21-year-old Moscow native joins Alexandre Polunin on the Lions and both are expected to add offense. Toropchenko is not…

Lisbon picks a Dane; Danes take another Rasanen

Lisbon HC won’t have Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Matt Moulson forever. But that doesn’t mean it will get easy for their opponents. Matthew Barzal and Casey Mittelstadt are among the 9 forward prospects in the system to help young star Max Domi. How the other prospects develop will likely determine how succesful GM Bryan…

Geneva has its second defenseman of Round 1

The Generals and General Manager Andy Rolling took their second defenseman in the first round and this one should be a good complement to Alexei Bereglazov. Finn Niclas Almari has the physical tools for long-term employment in the league, although scouts question his hockey sense and would like to see him think offense a little…

Picks 13-18 – 4 forwards, a D and a G

Milan has lots of talented forwards, but the Guerriero saw a need at center for someone who could create offense and with pick no. 13, they got their guy in 21-year-old Finn Aapeli Rasanen. Look for Rasanen to spend a lot of time playing with Matthew Tkachuk in the future. The draft guide said “This…

Geneva drafts the Russian ‘Bere’

GM Andrew Rolling’s Geneva Generals have a good base of young players led by Dylan Larkin and Colton Parayko, with seven forwards under 25 with PO ratings of 80 or higher, and two defensemen with the same qualities including Brandon Carlo and Parayko. If Rolling was looking for a long-term “need” then goalie seemed like…