Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Blue Jackets players playing in the KHL currently find their teams atop the standings.
While the NHL season has been delayed due to the lockout, the Kontinental Hockey League is in full swing in Europe. Three Columbus Blue Jackets are playing in the KHL, two of which are near the top of the standings.
Center Artem Anisimov, who scored 16 goals for the Blue Jackets last season, is playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL. Lokomotiv is currently second in the league in points with 32 in 16 games. They are the No. 2 seed in the West, trailing Dynamo Moscow who have racked up 35 points in 16 games. Lokomotiv is 8-4-4 during its first 16 games.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky's SKA St. Petersburg team is just behind Anisimov's Lokomitv team in the West. SKA has 31 points, but has played just 14 games. Its 10 wins are tied for the most in the KHL. Bobrovsky has started five games for SKA, picking up for wins.
While the two other players are atop the standings, Nikita Nikitin's Avangard Omsk team has not fared as well in the early going. Avangard is currently tied for fifth in the East with 26 points in 17 games. Nikitin has played in eight games for Avangard, recording one assist.