NHL Central Scouting’s Thomas Roost joins us to discuss the National League’s new status among the European hockey leagues, as second behind SHL. The league has gone from allowing four imports (the team usually rotating between five players) to six import players, drawing interest from a lot of very good European players that left the KHL.
What does it mean in regards to Vinzenz Rohrer, David Reinbacher, and other young players’ development?
We then move on to discuss the strong start by Vinzenz Rohrer for the Zürich Lions. Rohrer plays 12-15 minutes a night and chips in with goals and assists every now and then. Will Marc Crawford be the coach to develop Rohrer in a very good league, or is the overall focus of winning the Swiss title too big to ignore for the coach?
In the end, we get a look into the 2024 NHL draft as Zürich has played draft-eligible prospect Daniil Ustinkov for half of their games, making him an interesting player especially considering the league’s new found status. Another player mentioned is Zug’s Leon Muggli who is the opposite kind of defender from Ustinkov. Can they rise throughout the year in the same way as David Reinbacher did last year?
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