Bears not hibernating

Two more trades were made today in the EURO Hockey League. As surprising as this is to hear, Bern was involved in both deals. They were trades number 6 and 7 for GM Skates21, who has taken part in a third of the league’s 21 trades. Bern traded three later picks for Minsk’s 12th rounder before dealing three more later picks for Paris’ Adrian Aucoin. Bern has already traded away its three picks in 2013 and its top pick in 2014 to build a team as soon as possible. The Bears have nearly filled all starting positions with NHL veterans and we’re only in Round 11.

Friday: The 13

Only 13 players were drafted today including 7 forwards, 4 defensemen and two prospect forwards. They were, in order: Mark Giordano, D-Oslo; Rich Peverly, C-Bern; Chris Kreider, C-Milan; Brian Boyle, C-Frankfurt; Brandon Dubinsky, C/LW-Edinburgh; Adrian Aucoin, D-Paris; Jannik Hansen, RW-Moscow; Milan Hejduk, RW-Munich; Sven Baertschi, LW-Helsinki; Braydon Coburn, D-Berlin; John-Michael Liles, D-Prague; Tyler Bozak, C-London; and Colin Greening, LW-Copenhagen.

Sven can we expect to see Baertschi?

Helsinki Jokerit grabbed Sven Baertschi, a Flames prospect who Calgary GM Jay Feaster has already said will be part of Calgary’s plans from the beginning of the next NHL season. So if Baertschi gets onto the Flames’ second  line, today’s move could end up as a great move for Helsinki. Jokerit has about a 50/50 mix of veterans and youth. Eight of Helsinki’s 10 players have PO ratings of 80 or more. Martin St. Louis and Ilya Bryzgalov are two of those highly rated players and they are on the downhill side of their careers, but Helsinki has five strong youngsters to carry on, led by John Tavares, 21, who is loaded with offensive skills. Helsinki will also have two longtime fixtures on the blueline in Jack Johnson and Jared Cowen.


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