TheSportster.com

Top 15 Ex-NHLers You Didn't Know Were Still Active Overseas

It happens every time hockey is brought out to the world stage. Whether its the World Championships or the Olympics, you size up your national team against the Russians or the Swedes, and you bear witness to old ghosts from fantasy hockey leagues past. These Ex-NHL players seem to pop out of holes and end up on the top line for the Denmark squad, become key components for the Russian power play, and leave you pondering, "Where the heck did that guy come from?'

In the 2009-2010 season, Alexander Semin gelled well with Alexander Ovechkin, amassing 40 goals and a career high 84 points. He had the talent that made all NHL teams jealous, so in 2013 he signed for $35 million over five years, that would be bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes two years later. Often, he was met with criticism that he lacked that quality character and passion for the game that is to be expected from NHL players. After the buy-out, Semin signed a low-risk, potentially high reward contract worth only $1.1 million dollars with the Canadiens, but didn’t find his place with the club. After clearing waivers last week, he signed a deal with Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the KHL.

With Alex Semin leaving Canadiens coach Michael Therrien’s doghouse and heading over to the KHL, it’s time to look at some of the most notable Ex-NHLer’s who’ve made similar career moves whether it would be returning home after a long NHL career, battling injuries, or telling the NHL "thank you, but no thank you."

15 15. Brandon Kozun

via iltalehti.fi

14 14. Mike York 

via kicker.de

13 13. Alexei Ponikarovsky 

via ska.ru

12 12. Wojtek Wolski 

via sportlux.by

11 11. Ville Leino 

via mtv.fi

10 10. Steven Reinprecht 

via icetigers.de

9 9. Sergei Kostitsyn 

via fangfaction.com

8 8. Andrei Kostitsyn

Image Source

7 7. Maxim Afinogenov 

via hockeyvips.com

6 6. Ladislav Nagy 

via sport.aktuality.sk

5 5. Tomas Kaberle 

via hc-kometa.cz

4 4. Jonathan Cheechoo 

via hokejportal.cz

3 3. Lubomir Visnovsky

via cas.sk

2 2. Ilya Kovalchuk 

via en.wikipedia.org

1 1. Alexander Radulov 

via sports.yahoo.com

The Nashville Predators rolled the dice when they selected Russian phenom Alexander Radulov 15th overall in the 2004 draft. The case of Radulov still serves as a precedent when picking European players who have a high chance of heading back overseas. He posted a 58 point season in his sophomore NHL year, leaving Nashville fans to always lament not being able to secure this elite talent.

Give TheSportster a Thumbs up!

Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?

Get Your Free Access Now!

More in NHL

Top 15 Ex-NHLers You Didn't Know Were Still Active Overseas