Because many North Americans are flirting with a place in the NHL, they wait to accept or reject European clubs until the preparatory camps over there have ended. That didn’t simplify the search for the Lakers, who have to sign a mercenary before the start of the season. Because: Steve Moses (32, USA) is known to be out of the season with an Achilles tendon injury.
Now SCRJ sports director Janick Steinmann has lured a Canadian striker to Obersee: Zack Mitchell has signed a contract until the end of the season. The 28-year-old played for the last two seasons in the Russian KHL at Minsk, Riga and Nizhnekamsk.
Not stuck in the NHL
Mitchell also has an NHL past. Although never drafted, the Canadian signed an entry-level contract for three years with Minnesota after impressive OHL seasons (with Guelph) in 2014, but could not get stuck in the NHL team with the Wild and played most of the time with the Iowa Wild in the AHL.
Mitchell now completes the foreigner quartet of the SCRJ alongside the new Swede Emil Djuse, Roman Cervenka (Tsch) and Andrew Rowe (USA).