Belfast’s Kane is Fastest EURO Skater

On a day that saw his team trade away his center, Evander Kane of Belfast seemed extra motivated to skate his way to the league’s Fastest Skater title. Kane topped a super fast field and he’ll show off his wheels alongside Claude Giroux, who was traded to Belfast today in a deal that sent Sidney Crosby over an island to Edinburgh. Giroux also skated in the Fastest Skater competition – for Edinburgh – and finished 14th. Petr Vrana of Gothenburg, who edged out Crosby to win the fastest skater event in Season 4, finished third today.  Slipping in ahead of him for second place was London’s Michael Grabner. Brendan Gallagher of Stockholm had hoped to finish well in front of the home fans, but placed a disappointing 18th.

  1. Evander Kane, Belfast
  2. Michael Grabner, London
  3. Petr Vrana, Gothenburg
  4. Nathan Gerbe, Madrid
  5. Phil Kessel, Dublin
  6. Alex Goligoski, Athens
  7. Cam Atkinson, St. Petersburg
  8. Johna Tavares, Lisbon
  9. Ryan Ellis, Copenhagen
  10. Torey Krug, Prague

Myers takes Hardest Shot crown

Tyler Myers put his weight and exceptional height into his slapshots today to win the Hardest Shot competition. The Bratislava defenseman has placed in the top 3 in each of the last three seasons. Through the first five seasons of Skills Competitions, only one forward has ever shot his way into the top three. Ilya Kovalchuk of Zurich placed second in Season 3 and third in Season 4, and today, he blasted his way to second, nearly beating Myers for first. And for the first time ever, two forwards finished in the top three as Jordan Staal of Minsk edged Shea Weber of Madrid to take third. That makes it the only time in six seasons that Weber didn’t place among the top three. Two-time winner Dustin Byfuglien also finished out of the money.

  1. Tyler Myers, Bratislava
  2. Ilya Kovalchuk, Zurich
  3. Jordan Staal, Minsk
  4. Shea Weber, Madrid
  5. Tomas Hertl, Oslo
  6. P.K. Subban Belfast
  7. Anze Kopitar, Athens
  8. Nerius Alisauskas, Helsinki
  9. Brent Burns, St. Petersburg
  10. Bobby Ryan, Stockholm

 

Karlsson of Madrid is Most Accurate

Madrid star Erik Karlsson was right on target today to win the league’s Accuracy Shooting title for the third time. He won it in Seasons 2 and 4 and finished second to Claude Giroux last year. Many of the favorites in the event performed poorly, including Sidney Crosby and Giroux who might have been distracted by the trade that had them switching cities today. Phil Kessel of Dublin placed second, while John Tavares of Lisbon placed third. Judging by the Swedish crowd’s reaction, the most interesting part of the competition occurred when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Berlin hit the goal post next to the top right target four straight times.

  1. Erik Karlsson, Madrid
  2. Phil Kessel, Dublin
  3. John Tavares, Lisbon
  4. Taylor Hall, London
  5. Connor McDavid, Oslo
  6. Keith Yandle, Stockholm
  7. Justin Schultz, Prague
  8. Jonathan Huberdeau, St. Petersburg
  9. Tyler Ennis, Bratislava
  10. Jordan Eberle, Gothenburg

The following chart shows the results of the competition with the players ratings, random number and total score. Ties were broken with another random number. Madrid placed in the top 4 in all three events. St. Petersburg is the only other team with players in the top 10 in every event.

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