The extent of hockey highlights


If you’re wondering what will or will not happen in regards to the NHL, then this post is for you. The truth is we can’t project ahead and do fun previews on the Rangers or Devils. Nor how the league will look. Until both sides agree, there isn’t a 2021 to look forward to.

Instead, we must patiently wait and hope for the best. That means digging through our Twitter feeds or elsewhere for the extent of hockey highlights. There is hockey being played in other leagues. Especially in Russia, Sweden, Finland and on college campuses. So, we can still keep track of our favorite prospects and see how they’re doing.

Even if that means Vitaly Kravtsov is in a slump remaining stuck on eight goals in 22 games for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL. Don’t forget he’s only 20 and missed time. There remain cool highlights the KHL Twitter account puts up from its games such as this one involving Canucks prospect Vasili Podkolzin.

A nice passing play between three players to create a goal for St. Petersburg SKA. Ivan Morozov got the finish on a rebound. The SKA blue and red jerseys are nice. Very catchy. Too bad Pavel Datsyuk no longer plays for them. The crafty 42-year old magician scored a goal for Yekaterinburg Automobilist. He’s playing well.

The pass on his goal was a little bit of a handcuff, but Datsyuk still was able to quickly maneuver it and then fire a perfect wrist shot by the goalie in one motion. That’s the genius of Datsyuk. He sure is missed. I’m positive that Detroit Red Wings fans agree. Павел Дацюк! Future Hall of Famer.

Recently, ageless legend Jaromir Jagr arrived at the 70th Year Anniversary celebration for former KHL team Avangard Omsk, who he played for in ’04-05 and from ’08-09 through ’10-11. Had he not returned to Russia during those seasons, he would’ve hit 800 goals and gone over 2000 career points in the NHL. The 48-year old still intends to play for hometown Czech Republic club Kladno at some point this season. He had 15 goals and 14 assists in ’19-20.

At some point in the near future, Jagr will retire from the sport he loves. But not yet. It’s amazing that he still plays.

Montreal prospect Cole Caufield got his first of the year for Wisconsin against Penn State last night.

This is what we’re left with. If only college hockey was on more. The same for finding a KHL or Swedish Hockey League feed. Until next time.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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