Calvin Thürkauf – the find
34 points, including 15 goals, in 28 games. Calvin Thürkauf is THE find of the first half of the season. Hardly any other player in the National League scores as regularly as the captain of the men from South Ticino. Where he averaged 50 top scorer points over the entire championship last season, Thürkauf is now averaging 107 points per game. But quality comes at a price: at CHF 750,000, Thürkauf is the most expensive player in the league.
Michael Joly – the late bloomer
As the top scorer in the Finnish Liiga, expectations were high for the Canadian in Lugano. In the first nine games of the championship, Joly was looking like an also-ran (and experienced bad luck with injuries to boot), but since then things have been going swimmingly. Despite the below-average start to the season, he currently has one scorer point, almost 100 Topscorers points per game and a +13 plus-minus. Available for around CHF 650,000, this makes him an interesting player on the transfer market.
Santeri Alatalo – tipped for the top
The defenceman Santeri Alatalo has everything it takes to beef up HC Lugano's defence (especially in terms of offence). After a mediocre start to the season, his points tally has risen sharply and he has also blocked 42 shots so far. For less than CHF 450,000, Alatalo is a player with great potential and one who thrives during the power play.
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