While the National Hockey League's labor dispute presses on, the handful of Detroit Red Wings players who chose to head overseas continue to stay sharp by facing off against pro competition.
As reported by Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit veterans Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have quickly taken on starring roles with their clubs since heading overseas. Zetterberg owns eight goals and five assists over just seven games with EV Zug of the Swiss league, while Datsyuk has been consistently brilliant with 19 points in 15 games for CSKA Moscow in Russia's KHL.
Youngster Damien Brunner has been a key player in Switzerland alongside Zetterberg most nights with EV Zug, and currently leads the team in both goals (11) and assists (17). Center Valtteri Filppula has also made a sizable impact in his home country of Finland, where he has tallied six goals and nine assists over 15 games with Jokerit. Not to be outdone, 24-year-old winger Jan Mursak has been red-hot with his Austrian team Ljubljana, producing seven goals and 13 assists through his first 15 appearances.