The National Hockey League made the decision not to participate in the Winter Olympic Games in Korea this year, a decision that was a massive disappointment for fans of hockey around the world. That however does not mean that NHL teams were not closely scouting the event as is transpired.
NHL scouts are always in search of talent and one of the teams that shocked the world as this tournament has to be the German Olympic squad that was expected to do very little of anything, but instead they finished the tournament with a silver medal around their necks.
Perhaps the player who caught the most attention on that team was 22-year-old Dominik Kahun, both because of how young he is as well as the talent he brings to the table.
Kahun’s success at the Olympics combined with the terrific year he is having for EHC München in the German DEL league – 40 points (12+28) in 41 games – has firmly placed him as a candidate to make the leap across the Atlantic and join an NHL organization next season. Even though the NHL didn’t actively participate in the Olympics, you can be sure the individual teams had scouts watching every game of the tournament to seek out hidden gems from the European circuit. If given the chance, Kahun might just turn out to be one of those gems.
While it seems likely that Kahun will in fact be coming to the National hockey League, what is more difficult to predict is which team will be the one to pick up the smaller forward and take a gamble at him.
The staff at elite prospects believes that "bottom-feeders" like the Ottawa Senators, Airzona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabre would be among the top candidates. That being said they also view the Philadlephia Flyers and Boston Bruins as legitimate contenders to acquire Kahun due to the fact that those teams already have a Czech presence on their squads.
Of course only time will tell where he lands,