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Hockey News/Thoughts From Around The Globe

Ilya Kovalchuk May Miss 4-6 Weeks

New Jersey Devils fans are probably cheering in the streets with news that Ilya Kovalchuk may miss 4 to 6 weeks.

Kovalchuk, who infamously announced his retirement from the NHL in order to bolt to his native Russia and play in the KHL, suffered a shoulder injury after colliding with SKA St. Petersburg teammate, and former Devils teammate, Alexei Ponikarovsky. While its certainly not the most vicious hit   keep in mind that Ponikarovsky is no slouch at 6'4", 225 pounds. 

Kovalchuk had 6 goals and 3 assists in 7 games for SKA.

Brett Lebda to Sweden?

A Swedish news outlet, one that I don't know the name of as I can't read Swedish, is reporting that former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brett Lebda is close to signing with Swedish club Leksands IF .

It's been a hard fall for Lebda, who after leaving Detroit following the 2009-2010 season, saw himself go from Stanley Cup champion, to being a guy booed out of the city of Toronto and even further down the ladder to a guy constantly hopping on shuttle buses between the American Hockey League and the NHL. He's a quick skating d-man with a nose for offense, but has been hampered by poor play in his own end and his small stature at 5'10". 

Lebda, 31, split last season between the Rockford IceHogs and Binghamton Senators of the AHL. In 59 games between the two clubs he scored 3 goals, added 26 assists and had a -9 plus/minus rating. He failed to record a point in 3 playoffs games with Binghamton.

Hugh Jessiman Isn't Panning Out, For Anybody

When the New York Rangers drafted Hugh Jessiman with the 12th pick in the 2003 NHL draft, the Dartmouth Big Green product had the world in his hands. Now, ten years later, Jessiman only has two NHL games under his belt. Leaving the 6-foot-6-inch forward as one of the biggest draft busts in NHL history.

Jessiman's bizarre collapse can be traced back to his NCAA career while at Dartmouth. In his freshman campaign, Jessiman scored 23 goals and 47 points in 34 games. In the same number of games played during his sophomore season, Jessiman slipped to 16 goals and 33 points. Then the wheels seemed to come flying off as a junior, a season that saw Jessiman record just 1 goal and 2 points in 12 games. He then decided to turn pro.

As of this year, Jessiman has played for 7 different AHL squads, appearing in 498 games and scoring 228 points, an average of .46 points per game.

Now, Jessiman finds himself as a member of Kontinental Hockey League squad Medvescak Zagreb, based in Croatia. Through 10 games Jessiman has failed to record a point, has racked up 10 penalty minutes and is a plus/minus -4. If a new continent, new team and a new league can't seem to spark a career turnaround, then I don't know what will. 

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