October 6, 2012

B's overseas: Peverley gets no respect, Chara loses debut

By Jesse Connolly

We're now at eight Bruins and counting that are playing over in Europe, as the NHL's lockout is officially three weeks old. Here's a look at how your beloved members of the Black and Gold are faring overseas:

Zdeno Chara

The hulking blueliner made his debut for Lev Praha --who we owe a hat tip for the picture to the right -- on Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the Ilya Kovalchuk-led SKA St. Petersburg. Chara logged 19 minutes of ice time and put three pucks on net. It must also be noted that the KHL’s website is really easy to nagivate, and I really appreciate that.

Tyler Seguin

EHC Biel improved to 2-2 when Seguin is in the lineup on Saturday, as they defeated HC Davos by a score of 4-1. Seguin did not record a point. He picked up his first penalty as a member of the team with a hooking call in the opening frame against Davos. Through four games, Seguin has one goal (on just six shots) and two assists for three points in four games. He’s also minus-4, the third-worst mark among Biel players.

Patrice Bergeron

Bergeron’s HC Lugano ranks fourth among the 12 teams in the Swiss-A league through nine games of play, but he hasn’t suited up for them yet. "I know it's a great league, fast pace, high tempo and a great country," Bergeron wrote in a text to ESPNBoston.com. "The overall situation seemed perfect for me to go work on my game and try to help Lugano as much as I can." 

Anton Khudobin

After getting off to a hot start (2-0-1) for Atlant, Khudobin’s been in a little skid. The netminder’s 0-3-1 in his last four games. His most recent effort was a 3-1 loss to Barys on Saturday. Former NHLer Nigel Dawes had two goals against Khudobin.

Rich Peverley

After failing to record a point in his first two games, Peverley got on the board on Saturday. In JYP’s 2-1 win over Lock (what a name!), the fleet-footed winger chipped in an assist. Unfortunately for Peverley, he was the only player in the box score not worthy of having his last name capitalized. Not cool, bro.

Andrew Ference

Ference has yet to make his debut for Ceske Budejovice, but that may happen soon. The team takes on Plzen, Tuukka Rask’s squad, on Sunday and is at it again when they square off with Zlin on Friday.

Tuukka Rask

Plzen is 0-1-1 since reeling off three consecutive victories. I wish I could tell you how Rask has done so far. Elite Prospects has him down as sporting a sub-par, .896 save percentage in three appearances. Not sure on the record. The league’s official team page has awkward graphs that look like they represent the team’s, uh, winning percentage? Maybe? Anyone? Bueller?

UPDATE: Ty Anderson is reporting on Twitter that Tuukka Rask did in fact play hockey yesterday. If I spoke Finnish, I might call around to confirm this.

David Krejci

Krejci made his long-awaited debut for HC Pardubice this week. Here are his translated thoughts: "I felt good, but next time I have to force better allocated to endure just to play all three thirds. Overall, I'm satisfied since this was the first game of the season.” Pardubice won the game by a score of 3-1. They’ll take on Kometa Brno on Oct. 12 in their next matchup.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.