Possibly More Help From Overseas?

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by Michael DeNicola

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by Michael DeNicola

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 --

I reached out to Johan Gärtner, contributing writer at Sons of Penn and calls Sweden his home, regarding any pending free agent wingers in European leagues that could possibly add some scoring & playmaking to the Flyers roster, and would come at an economical cost.

My logic behind this inquiry is simple: Hextall told us the Flyers' primary need is an upgrade on our scoring lines. He won't sell a prospect(s) to acquire this need. He won't break the piggy bank in free agency. And he's not motivated to rush a forward prospect to the NHL roster prematurely.

So where else is there to go? Perhaps over the pond. 

There's a precedence here with this sort of move. Michael Raffl, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Evgeny Medvedev were all players signed from overseas. There was a serious link between the Flyers and star KHL defenseman Nikita Zaitsev last Summer. And lastly, Ilkka Sinisalo is the Flyers' European scout, based in Finland, and covers the Swedish, Finnish, German, and Danish leagues for our organization.

Not to mention, all the success following Chicago's Panarin acquisition couldn't be hurting the idea.  

Maybe Hextall is considering reeling in another fish from that side of the world.

Johan promptly replied...

Evgeny Dadonov, winger, 27-years-old, listed at 5'10" 185 lbs. Drafted in the 3rd Round (71st Overall) by the Florida Panthers in 2007. He didn't really pan out for the Panthers, but to his credit... that was an awful Florida team back in the day. The biggest criticism of Dadonov was always his size and physicality---it just never translated well to the NHL, and the young Russian decided to join up with the Kontinental Hockey League in 2011-12. 

Since his decision to return to Russia, Dadonov has competed in 218 KHL games, scoring 71 goals and 158 points. 

This past season for the St. Petersburg SKA, Dadonov put together a career year with 23 goals and 46 points in 59 games. He was tied for 5th in goal scoring with Alexander Radulov, and Top 20 in total points. 

He's currently competing for Russia in the 2016 IIHF World Championship where he's collected 2 goals and 2 assists in three games. 

... wait, make that 3 goals

Back to the conversation...

Others decided to join the discussion and leave their input...

Vadim Shipachyov, center, 29-years-old, never Drafted, never played competitively in North America. Vadim stands at 6'0", 190 lbs. He's been playing in Russia's pro system since age 16, and has eight years of KHL experience. Five of those seasons are 40 point seasons; three 50 point seasons; and just this past year he collected a career high 60 points (17G, 43A) in 54 games. 

"Shipachyov is a skilled center with excellent on-ice vision. He skates very well and with a fluid stride. Owns great offensive instincts and likes to have the puck on his stick." [Ulf Andersson, EP (2013)]

He, too, is competing in the IIHF Worlds with Dadonov. In this tournament, Vadim has 1 goal and 4 assists in three games. 

.... wait, make that 3 goals and 6 assists

A little birdie out there says Montreal has shown interest in Shipachyov, and I imagine there'll be some around Dadonov as well. So this could be pricier than I anticipate.

Whether or not the Flyers are interested in landing one of these two, I believe this may be an option to entertain once again. Especially if Hextall wants to improve scoring, stretch a dollar and keep a tight squeeze on our assets. 



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