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LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

Former Maple Leafs are making an impact at the top of the European league scoring races.

In Finland, forward Jarkko Immonen leads the SM-LIIGA with 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points in 33 games for Jyvaskyla. He was an eighth-round pick of the Leafs in 2002, but was traded to the New York Rangers as part of the Brian Leetch package late last season.

The Finnish farm boy was player of the game for Toronto when it borrowed him to play against Jokerit of Helsinki during its 2003 Scandinavian tour. With the talent-thin Rangers, who've yet to sign him, the 6-foot Immonen will likely get a shot at making the National Hockey League a lot sooner when play resumes.

Approaching his 34th birthday and seven years removed from his last full NHL season, winger Mike Craig is the No. 1 scorer in Austria, with 51 points in 28 games for Vienna. After a disappointing three-year stint with the Leafs, Craig ended his NHL days with the San Jose Sharks organization in 2001-02.

In Sweden, Peter Forsberg is making the most of his long awaited return to the Swedish Elite League, topping all scorers with 37 points in 30 games for MoDo on a line with New York Islanders' Mattias Weinhandl. The pack behind him includes Shawn Horcoff (Edmonton Oilers), Brendan Morrison (VancouverCanucks) as well as NHL Swedes Henrik Zetterberg and Kristian Huselius.

Joe Thornton has hit stride in Davos, Switzerland, as the Boston Bruins captain leads the team with 47 points, about 10 more than Tampa Bay Lightning Rick Nash.

CANADIAN TALENT

But three other Canadians are ahead of Thornton in the overall points race, Stacy Roest (51 for Rapperswil), Jean-Guy Trudel (49 for Ambri-Piotta) and Hnat Domenichelli (47 for Ambri).

In Russia, where many NHL stars arrived in mid-season, some notable shooters include Brad Richards with two goals and five assists in six games with AK Bars Kazan, while Lightning teammate Vincent Lecavalier has five points in nine Kazan games. Atlanta Thrashers' Ilya Kovalchuk has 21 points in 30 games for Kazan as well.

After switching from the Czech League to Russia, Jaromir Jagr has 19 points in 14 games with Omsk Avangard. Martin Rucinsky is tied for the Czech League scoring lead with 36 points. Leafs' defenceman Tomas Kaberle is down the list a bit with 29 points in 34 games with Kladno.

- with files from CP


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