European Leagues

Signing Season is Coming

The KHL's regular season came to a close Sunday, the NCAA is in the midst of its conference playoffs, and Canadian junior regular seasons will be closing next weekend. So, it's getting close to signing season, and I figured I'd post a little on the blog about some of the players who will potentially be joining the organization in the coming weeks and months. Before I do, though, I wanted to quickly address the new ownership situation.

KHL Game Day: 3-7-10

The final day of the KHL regular season...

Astana 5 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Harju played 8:51 in the match and was 50% on draws. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl scored his 26th goal of the season in the match for Dynamo. Dynamo is the 3rd seed in the KHL Western Conference. They draw 6th seed Spartak Moscow in round one of the playoffs.

Omsk 2 @ Dynamo Minsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 17/20, 3.03 GAA, .850 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 21-17-4, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .913 sv%

Ramo and Omsk have yet to win a game since the Olympic Break. Omsk is the 5th seed in the KHL Eastern Conference and will draw 4th seed Nizhnekamsk in the opening round of the playoffs.

Yulaev 6 @ Dynamo Riga 4
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM

Karsums played 17:27 in the match for Riga. Marcel Hossa scored his 35th goal of the season in the match for Riga. Riga is the 8th seed in the KHL's Western Conference and draws top seed St. Petersburg to start the playoffs.

St. Petersburg 1 @ Ekaterinburg 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM

Kazionov played 16:21 in the match for Ekateriburg. Former NHLer Alexei Yashin had St. Petersburg's only goal. Ekaterinburg defied tremendous odds to squeak past Novosibirsk by 1 point to claim the 8th and final playoff seed in the KHL's Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, that means they get juggernaut Yulaev in the first round. Good luck with that.

Mytischi 4 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 23/27, 4.45 GAA, .852 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%

Koshechkin was lifted in the third period for backup Dimitry Voloshin. Former Lightning prospects Alexei Glukhov and Vadim Epanchintsev each had helpers in the match for Mytischi. Magnitogorsk is the 2nd seed in the KHL Eastern Conference and will face 7th seed Chelyabinsk in round one.

Yaroslavl 4 @ Kazan 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM

Kazionov played 15:22 in the match. Former NHLer Josef Vasicek had his 21st goal of the season in the match for Yaroslavl. Kazan gets the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference and draws 6th seed Astana in round one.

All Lightning prospects in Russia are on clubs that made the postseason. The playoffs begin March 11th.

Keep an eye on Harju, Koshechkin, and Ramo. All three may be targets to be signed by the Lightning once their seasons conclude.

Elitserien Game Day: 3-6-10

Sodertalje 2 @ Skelleftea 7
Riku Helenius, Sodetalje, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.68 GAA, .914 sv%

Helenius must be relieved he avoided the bombing suffered by starter Pontus Sjogren in the match. Both teams managed 29 shots on goal, but the save percentages weren't.

KHL Game Day: 3-5-10

Astana 3 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 16 PIM

Karsums played 14:35 in the match, and scored an empty net goal with 3 seconds left in the game to seal the deal for Riga.

Omsk 2 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, DNP
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 34/36, 1.85 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 43 GP, 21-16-4, 4 SO, 2.09 GAA, .914 sv%

Ramo allowed 2 out of 3 shooters he faced in the shootout to convert as Omsk fell in the penalty shot session. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a goal in the match for Omsk.

St. Petersburg 3 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 24/27, 3.01 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 48 GP, 25-15-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .928 sv%

Former NHLers Sergei Zubov and Alexei Yashin each had 2 helpers for St. Petersburg.

Cherepovets 2 @ Ekaterinburg 3
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 18 PIM

Kazionov played 14:37 in the match.

KHK MVD 2 @ Kazan 3 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 18-9-27, +8, 18 PIM

The elder Kazionov played 13:45 in the match and assisted on a third period goal by former Sharks draft pick Hannes Hyvonen. Former NHLer Alexei Morozov also had a goal in the match for Kazan.

Elitserien Game Day: 3-4-10

Frolunda 4 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Loss, 33/37, 4.00 GAA, .892 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.68 GAA, .914 sv%

Helenius and Sodertalje were overwhelmed in the match by Frolunda, which outshot their opponent by a margin of 37-17. Former Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had a helper in the match for Frolunda.

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