National League

With the confirmed departure of Tim Berni (Columbus Blue Jackets) and also Pius Suter likely to move overseas, ZSC's team manager Sven Leuenberger is busy looking for possible replacements.

Sven Andrighetto
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In an interview with the Tages-Anzeiger two weeks ago, Leuenberger already confirmed contacts to forward Denis Malgin (Toronto Maple Leafs) and defender Mirco Müller (New Jersey Devils). As the Blick reports today, a potential return of Sven Andrighetto is on the table, too. Although his contract with KHL's Avangard Omsk officially runs for one more year, the 27-year-old winger was recently publicly criticized by the club's president Maxim Suchinsky for his performance (29 points in 62 games). Andrighetto, for his part, is not averse to returning to Switzerland.

In addition, still according to the Blick, another homegrown player figures on Leuenberger's list. The 18-year-old Austrian Marco Rossi, who left ZSC's organization for North America in 2018 and currently leads the whole Canadian Hockey League in scoring (120 points in 81 games), has good chances to be a top-10 pick at this year's NHL Draft. Should it not yet work out with the jump to the NHL next season, however, the youngster is considering a temporary return to Europe, where he would be tied to the ZSC Lions.

On another note, Kaj, the younger brother of Pius Suter, is expected to climb and suit up for the ZSC Lions as of next season. His teammate, the 18-year-old defender Noah Meier, is set to stay within the Lions' organization after flirting with a move to North America.

( 02 April 2020 | rlu* )