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Radulov leads all-Euro all-star team

Updated: January 27, 2011, 3:45 PM ET
By Lars-Ove Haraldsson

Ahead of the NHL all-star game, Lars-Ove Haraldsson creates a hypothetical European all-star team, made up solely of players currently playing in European leagues. Some of these guys are former NHL draft picks, while others could yet make their way into the league.

Fans of the New York Rangers undoubtedly know the name Mats Zuccarello, the diminutive winger who has been a shoot-out god since his promotion from the team's AHL affiliate in Hartford. Last season, Zuccarello was busy lighting up the Swedish Elite League, which earned him notice from the NHL and eventually a contract from the Rangers.

Not all European talents are selected in the NHL draft and some have returned to Europe only on get another shot in the NHL. With that in mind, and in honor of the league's All-Star weekend, we wanted to examine the top skaters across all the major European league, assembling a pair of all-star teams: Six forwards, four defensemen and a pair of goalies. Get to know them. After all, they may be coming to a rink near you next season.

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Alexander Radulov (Age 24), Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL, Russia
GP: 49 G: 18 A: 52 Pts: 70 PIM: 22
Drafted: 2004, Round 1 -- 15 overall -- Nashville Predators

This is the top guy in Europe. He's thriving in the very competitive Kontinental Hockey League and must be killing the NHL club he ditched in order to play there. The Predators could use his offensive talents and you have to wonder if he'll ever come back to North America.

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