Why is KHL not in NHL? Explaining the NHL-KHL relationship as NHL suspends ties and communications with Russian hockey league. The relationship between the NHL and the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) was reportedly terminated by the NHL on Monday amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Can KHL players play in the NHL? Teams cannot sign KHL-rostered players without negotiating with the Russian Central Registry about player status. Another, murkier issue is in the NHL Draft. There is a chance Russian-born players may be denied status to play in the NHL. The biggest player this could impact is current KHL forward Danila Yurov.
How many KHL teams are there?
Is KHL harder than NHL? The overall depth and skill level of the KHL is nothing compared to the NHL. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the American Hockey League is a tougher league to play in than the KHL. For many Russian players, the KHL is a convenient place to spend the twilight years of their careers.