October 28, 2012

B's overseas: Seidenberg dominant on D, Rask back in net

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the latest on the nine Bruins playing over in Europe: 

Rich Peverley | JYP Jyvaskyla

Dennis Seidenberg, seen here representing Germany at the 2010 Olympics, has been a key part of Adler Mannheim's defensive success. (Getty Images)

Peverley continues to be a solid contributor for Jyvaskyla. No. 49 has posted 1-9-10 totals through 11 contests, which place him sixth on the squad in points (everyone above him has played 17-plus games).

Through 18 games, JYP is in first place in Finland’s SM-liiga. They’re 11-1-0-3-3 and four points up on Jokerit.

Dennis Seidenberg | Adler Mannheim

Seidenberg’s club has been just as superb as Peverley's. They’re second in Germany's DEL behind the Cologne Sharks. Seidenberg has 0-2-2 totals through seven tilts and an impressive plus-4 rating.

He’s helped Mannheim allow a league-low 29 goals through 14 contests. One can only assume Seidenberg is racking up blocked shots by the bushel.

Patrice Bergeron | HC Lugano

No. 37 suffered an allegedly minor upper-body injury earlier this week. According to a report on Oct. 25 from CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, a source close to Bergeron says the center is “fine” physically. He did not play in Lugano’s game against HC Davos on Oct. 26.

Much like the soon-to-be mentioned Tuukka Rask, this isn’t the kind of injury you want to hear about Bergeron sustaining, as the 27-year-old pivot was hindered by an oblique tear during the 2012 postseason. Through five games, Bergeron had 6-5-11 totals for Lugano.

Anton Khudobin | Atlant Moscow Oblast

After a few dominant starts to begin the year, Khudobin has fallen on hard times. The Kazakhstani netminder is now 3-8-2 for Atlant Moscow Oblast with a .911 save percentage and 2.95 goals-against average.

When Khudobin doesn’t get the so-called decision, the team is 5-1 in games settled in regulation. They’re currently 11th out of 14 teams in the KHL’s Western Conference.

David Krejci | HC Pardubice

While not busy accusing Gary Bettman of treating players like animals, Krejci has been consistently racking up points for HC Pardubice. He has 5-4-9 totals through nine contests. Pardubice is sixth in the 14-team Czech Extraliga with 26 points.

Tuukka Rask | HC Plzen

In a start against Slavia Praha on Oct. 23, Rask voluntarily took himself out of the game after one period due to a pulled groin. He said he was fine afterward and the fact that the 25-year-old netminder was back between the pipes on Oct. 26 is encouraging.

Rask began the game by allowing two first-period goals, including one to his Boston teammate, Krejci. He settled down and went on to stop 29-of-32 in a 4-3, shootout victory over Pardubice.

Tyler Seguin | EHC Biel

Seguin has been sensational for Biel. The 20-year-old forward ranks second on the club with 16 points through 12 games, having notched eight goals and eight assists so far for the Swiss squad.

Seguin’s number might be even better upon the arrival of another proven NHL star. Chicago’s Patrick Kane recently signed on with Biel and supposedly might be playing on the same line as Seguin.

Andrew Ference | HC Ceske Budejovice

Ference is five games into his second stint with Mountfield, as he also played there during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. The veteran d-man has 0-1-1 totals and an even plus-minus rating.

Ceske Budejovice ranks 12th out of the Extraliga’s 14 teams with 14 points through 16 games. They’ve allowed 54 goals, the third most in the league, and scored a league-low 36.

Zdeno Chara | Lev Praha

Big Z has been OK for his Prague-based squad so far. The 6-foot-9 blueliner has 1-3-4 totals through seven games, but a minus-3 rating that places him in a tie for the second-worst mark in that category on the team.

Lev is in 12th place in the 14-team Western Conference and has won only seven of their 19 games in regulation. 

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