A new member was voted to the Champions Hockey League Board on Monday, and it's Jorgen Lindgren, general manager of the Swedish Hockey League. Swedish clubs are well known for their development of young talent, and Lindgren believes this inter-league play that the CHL offers is to the benefit of European hockey at large.
Last year, 28 players from CHL clubs were taken in the NHL Entry Draft. This season, the list of top-ranked Europeans is dominated by CHL players. Most of them are Swedish and Finnish, but there are also several other players of interest.
In another week of player movement, Jimmie Ericsson returns to his home club, Skelleftea AIK, Martin Sevc leaves Skelleftea to go to Bili Tygri Liberec, Alexandre Picard moves from Ingolstadt to Fribourg, and Red Bull Munich and KAC Klagenfurt both add a pair of new players.