As the NHL labor talks stagger forward, fans must be wondering where the best hockey is being played elsewhere in the world.The Kontinental Hockey League has grabbed the most talent, but Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden and Germany have also gobbled up lots of players.For the sake of these rankings, I split the massive KHL into its two division. We also included the first and second-tier leagues for the other European countries.Most of the players listed below have some NHL experience. Some, like Ilya Kovalchuk, are established NHL stars who are locked out.
Other players are former NHLers playing out the string overseas. The listings do not include many world-class players who never made it big in North America.I would love to see how these teams would stack up in a tournament format:1) KHL WEST Forwards: Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Radulov, Joe Pavelski, Evander Kane, Artem Anisimov, Pavel Datsyuk, Ruslan Fedotenko, Mikhail Grabovski, Alexi Ponikarovsky, Vladimir Tara