Jordan Eberle collected an assist, but it wasn't enough as Switzerland defeated Canada 3-2 (SO) in the 2013 World Hockey Championships.
Familiar name Martin Gerber helped the Swiss take that win. Normally it's Jonas Hiller making the Swiss a tougher out that expected, but he's going strong in the NHL playoffs this summer.
Niko Hovinen, claimed by the Edmonton Oilers on waivers off the Philadelphia Flyers shortly after the NHL lockout season started when their farm team the Oklahoma City Barons were looking for help in net, has signed a one-year deal in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk.
The Metallurg team plays in the Kontinental Hockey League. For a point of reference, this is where Sergei Bobrovsky was born and where he played for four years before making his way to the NHL, in Philly, before he was traded to Columbus, before he became a Vezina trophy candidate. The 6'7″ Hovinen, 25, played 10 games in OKCity this past season, as Yann Danis's backup.
Nail Yakupov's 2012-13 campaign was certainly a long and winding one.
"It was a pretty tough year, possibly the toughest year of my life," said Yakupov. "After finishing in Sarnia, then I had the combine before the draft, then the draft, dealt with a lot of media, then rookie camp, half a season in KHL, the lockout and then the World Juniors were I didn't feel that comfortable. Then coming here after a few months I started to feel pretty good. I feel like a million bucks now." Yakupov had 11 goals and 15 points in 14 April games. He had solid numbers this season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him take another step forward in 2013-14.
Ladislav Smid will play for the Czech Republic in the upcoming world championships.
Smid had just one goal and four points in 48 games this season but is a solid all-around defenseman who led the Oilers in hits (151) and blocked shots (119) this season.
The Edmonton Oilers will not pick first overall for the first time in four years after losing the draft lottery Monday night.
If only they had Steve Tambellini's lucky tie, the Oilers might be dreaming about Seth Jones instead of picking seventh in what's widely considered a deep draft with four elite players at the top. That's not to say Edmonton is staying put, with new GM Craig MacTavish admitting the Oilers would look into moving back. "We're definitely going to look at doing something with that pick. I think we'd be very receptive to moving back and picking up another pick potentially," said MacTavish, who previously noted the Oilers could have as many as eight new players next season.
Ryan Smyth said he feels "great" physically and "absolutely" plans to return for the final year of his contract.
Smyth had just two goals and 13 points in 47 games this season after turning 37 in February. If he wants to keep playing, it'll like be for the Oil since we can't imagine another team taking on his $4.5 million salary next year. However, that doesn't mean he'll be playing in games. It's entirely possible Smyth could spend more time in the press box next season than on the ice.
Nail Yakupov registered six goals in four games to earn the third star of the week honor.
The first-round pick in the 2012 draft netted 17 markers to lead all rookies in goals this campaign. It was also announced on Monday that Yakupov earned the Rookie of the Month honor for April.