The Journey: KHL Prospect Update

Dave Hall


We have officially entered the dark ages. Playoffs, draft, and now the initial free agent frenzy have all come and gone, leaving us with a very uncertain future and possibly months of waiting.

Luckily, as long as you have the means to catch games in the morning, there are certain leagues currently running despite the state of the world pandemic. As such, I will be starting a new mini-series, bringing you updates on various prospects across the regions. With a higher percentage of loaned players and a vast pool of prospects, there is a large pool to keep track of.

To kick things off, we will head to Russia, where games have been rolling since early September, some at full capacity.

Eeli Tolvanen, Predators

Tolvanen has since been loaned to his former club, Jokerit, which now resides in the KHL (formerly a part of the Liiga). It's no secret that the Predators highly touted sharpshooter has failed to live up to expectations, mainly due to those expectations being severely high. He is on the hunt to resurrect those expectations, and so far, has done just that with two goals and seven points through 10 games.

A positive stint will be important for the 21-year-old, as he looks to make his fourth attempt at cracking a roster spot in Nashville. Despite his past inability to earn that spot, Tolvanen carries a deadly shot, capable of scoring in bunches – something that the club and the fan base is thirsty for. His tremendous "boom-or-bust" potential remains high for fantasy owners. Stay patient.

Kirill Marchenko, Blue Jackets – Ivan Morozov, Golden Knights – Vasili Podkolzin, Canucks

The SKA St. Petersburg trio has all returned for their sophomore seasons, while all carrying the same goal of adding to their previously sheltered minutes last season.

Kirill Marchenko looks to be the largest beneficiary of added ice time, as he has spent a number of games on the club's top line, including their power-play unit. Unfortunately, the club recently experienced a COVID outbreak, resulting in many players missing time. This list included Marchenko. However, since being inserted back into the lineup has looked no worse for words, producing goals in three straight. He is up to five points on the season and has taken large steps in his development.

Of course, with his recent KHL extension, fantasy owners still have a wait in front of th