Detroit Red Wings Report: Overseas Update

By Jonathan Katje
Jan Mursak
Jan Mursak (Ryan Carter – USA Today Sports)

As NHL players and owners sit down for a meeting today in an attempt to reach some kind of agreement, a handful of Detroit Red Wings continue to experience success in various European leagues.

Damien Brunner continues to lead Zug (and the entire league) in scoring, as he and teammate Henrik Zetterberg have developed great chemistry while playing on the same line in Switzerland. Brunner has 20 goals and 44 points through 25 games, while Zetterberg has 12 goals and 25 points in 15 games. Former Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus Omark is playing on the same line and has 11 goals and 41 points. The Wings will hope Brunner fares better in the NHL than Omark did, both players have excelled in European leagues but Omark was unable to match his production at the NHL level.

Jan Mursak continues to experience success in Austria, with 12 goals and 36 points in 21 games for Ljubljana Olimpija.

Pavel Datsyuk is the second leading scorer for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL, trailing only former Nashville Predator Alexander Radulov. Datsyuk has seven goals and 26 points through 23 games.

Defenseman Jakub Kindl continues to play for Pardubice HC in the Czech league, and has eight assists in 23 games.

Drew Miller is now scoring at over a point-per-game pace for the Braehead Clan in Scotland. He has scored nine goals and added 12 assists in 15 games.

While these players have experienced success, two Wings suffered injuries while playing overseas. Cory Emmerton broke his finger during his first game playing in Finland and has since returned to Michigan. After just one shift with SaiPa Lappeenranta, he tweeted (@cemmer48) “1 period 1 shot 1 blocked shot 1 broken finger, great stats Cory.” Valtteri Filppula had six goals and 15 points for Jokerit Helsinki in Finland before suffering an MCL sprain that will sideline him for up to eight weeks.

Swedish defenseman Jonathan Ericsson made a brief return to his native country, suiting up for two different teams in the lower division of the SEL. He has since returned to the Detroit area.

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