The recent domination of Germany3/Oberliga and Netherlands top league (now defunct) by the Tilburg Trappers has lead to EIHL board members assessing the viability of the Dutch based outfit joining the league. After three successive titles in the third German division, whilst boasting an impressive 101-24-5 record over this period of time, and with promotion to the DEL2 currently off-limits, Tilburg find themselves in a peculiar situation. Does a move to the British top-flight make sense?
The Cardiff Devils currently sit second in the EIHL with 38 points, two points off top spot with two games in hand. That’s a very favourable position to be in.
There has been a lot of criticism of this team that I’m not going to get too into, What I am going to do is explain how the Devils have actually improved from last year, the issue is so has the league.
If I told you that Joey Martin leads all Cardiff Devils in goals scored this year in League, Challenge Cup and Champions Hockey League action, you’d believe me right?
Well, he is top with 19 goals, but he’s not alone. One other player shares that lead and its 38-year-old Layne Ulmer who’s had a great start to the season, especially in Challenge Cup and CHL action. Also it is worth noting, there is a question about whether a goal in the Devils overtime loss to the Glasgow Clan should also be awarded to Ulmer, so if that changes then it means Ulmer has the lead on the team with 20.
With Great Britain returning to the top group of International Ice Hockey for the first time since 1994, and Liam Kirk being drafted into the NHL, it’s an exciting time for British Ice Hockey, so what better time to examine each EIHL teams top prospect.
Now to define “top prospect” I’ll be looking at players who are on either a one-way or two-way deal with an EIHL team currently and are 23-years-old or younger, and British. If you want to see more about the top young stars of the EIHL from all nations, click here to see our countdown from 25 – 11, and here to see our countdown from 10 – 1 of our list of the top 25 players aged 25 or younger.
It’s no secret that Charles Linglet has been a huge hit with the Cardiff Devils this year.
For the past few years it seemed as though nobody was going to come close to knocking Joey Martin off that points leader for the team spot, but this year, Linglet is not only leading the Devils, but also one of the league leaders with 34 point in 24 games, good enough for tied second among all skaters, and just one point behind league leader Blair Riley.
Welcome back to our Top 25 EIHL Players who are 25 or younger, if you’ve not seen picks 25 to 11, click here to see who didn’t quite make the top 10 before reading on.
Once again we’ll let you know the one rule, only players on full-time EIHL deals are considered for this list, so that will explain to some fans why certain guys aren’t included, don’t worry they will be in a couple of years.
So now we’re getting into the serious section, the top 10. The picks that will cause the most stir among fans who think someone should be higher, lower or not even included. Please go easy on me, I’m sensitive.
Let’s just get right into things with number 10.
The Elite Ice Hockey League might not be known for harbouring an abundance of young talent (Liam Kirk is an exception to that rule), but there are still a lot of young players plying their trade in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
While a move to play professional hockey in Europe might be appealing to a grizzled veteran who’s doesn’t want to put up with the grind of the AHL for example, there are still some solid young players in the EIHL, both home grown and imports.
So lets take a look at the picks 25 through 11 in our Top 25 EIHL players who are 25 or younger.
Only players on full time EIHL contracts are considered, not players on two-way contracts, terms and conditions apply.