If the NHL season is going to begin in January, players from around the world will soon have to make their way back to North America to begin a quarantine. Official training camps for the seven teams that didn’t take part in this summer’s bubble postseason are expected to be three weeks long, while some players are already getting together for informal skates all around the league. With that in mind, the loan agreements for Mikhail Maltsev and Emil Bemstrom have both expired.
Maltsev, 22, is a New Jersey Devils prospect who had been playing for SKA St. Petersburg, the same team he’d been a part of before coming to North America in the first place last season. The big forward scored 21 points in 49 games for the Binghamton Devils last year and will try to take another step forward in the upcoming season. Bemstrom, 21, is one of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ top young players, who scored 20 points in 56 NHL games last season. He was on loan in Finland with HIFK and dominated the league, scoring 17 points in 16 games.
- Philipp Kurashev, who is on loan with HC Lugano in Switzerland, will not be back on the ice until December 8 thanks to a COVID-19 outbreak in the league. It’s not clear if Kurashev himself tested positive, with the release just indicating that several members of Lugano and HC Bienne were infected. Kurashev, 21, was a fourth-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks and has scored eight points in 12 games so far this season.
- San Jose Sharks prospect Artemi Kniazev has been added to Russia’s U20 roster, according to Corey Pronman of The Athletic. The 19-year-old defenseman was selected 48th overall in 2019 is currently on loan in Russia, spending time in the MHL and VHL so far this year. Kniazev recorded 43 points in 51 games last year for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, often carrying the puck up the ice himself with his excellent skating ability.