September 11 2012 01:44PM
It's early, but Patrick Thoresen is off to another strong start in KHL scoring and the former Oiler looks poised to have another terrific season for SKA Saint Petersburg.
Former Oilers are scattered throughout the Russian League and some (like Alexei Mikhnov, in photo) are off to impressive starts. Thoresen is in first overall, but there are other Oilers players/prospects/picks making noise. Here's a quick look at the KHL scoring race through the first portion of the season--Oilers division:
- Patrick Thoresen, Saint Petersburg 3, 2-4-6
- Alexei Mikhnov, Moscow Oblast Atlant 4, 2-1-3
- Alexander Bumagin, Novokuznetsk Metallurg 3, 1-1-2
- Mikhail Youkov, Moscow Spartak 3, 0-2-2
- Charles Linglet, Dynamo Minsk 3, 0-2-2
- Fredrik Pettersson, Donbass HC 3, 1-0-1
- Milan Kytnar, Bratislava Slovan 3, 1-0-1
- Alexei Semenov, Saint Petersburg 3, 1-0-1
- Rob Schremp, Dynamo Riga 3, 0-0-0
It's an interesting list. These are either former Oilers or prospects/draft picks, so you get 'cup of coffee' types like Linglet and then 1st rounders like Robbie Schremp. Schremp is off to a slow start--I wonder how you say "MacT ruined him!" in Russian?
FOLLOWING THE LEAGUES
We at Oilers Nation will search the globe--THE GLOBE--in an attempt to find interesting stories this winter for Oiler fans. Whenever Robbie Schremp tweets something of interest, or the OKC Barons win a big game, or Robbie Schremp scores a goal, or something gets by Tommy Salo--even if it's just a rolling can in the supermarket in Stockholm--we'll find it and report it to you.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
There will be plenty of reporting on NHL negotiations through the process, and Oilers Nation will cover that too. However, the thing that brings us together is this beautiful game called hockey, and we choose to celebrate it wherever it is played.Lawyering and guys in suits talking to media is part of the business of hockey, but that's not the reason we love the game.
I won't learn Russian for you, but as long as Google translate is working expect stories from Mother Russia, Sweden, Finland, junior hockey and college. We'll wait patiently for our Oilers to return and cheer like hell when given the opportunity.Until then--can you believe Schremp has ZERO points?