This should be a place where we will discuss everything about European leagues.
Last year's champion HPK Hämeenlinna will face Sparta Praha (CZE) and MHK ilina (SVK) in IIHF European Champions Cup 2007 (Alexander Ragulin Division). They will have only one problem there - Czech champion.
Taking quality of other teams in country into account - HIFK, Ilves, Jokerit, Kärpät... it will be very hard for them to defend title.
Sparta Praha is far best team in this quality league. They have great goalie - Duan Salfický, experienced stars and talented young guns. In IIHF ECC will smash our champion and I am looking forward their match against HPK.
In home competition there is only 1 team that can make problems - HC Hamé Zlín. HC Liberec and Slavia Praha will fight for 4th place.
MHK ilina is defending champion. No way they will win again. In my opinion HC Koice will be our new champion but there is still Slovan Bratislava whose president is also president of our ice-hockey federation and they have referees under control. Another team to mention is HKM Zvolen whose president and GM don't care about club.
1st - HC Koice
2nd - Slovan Bratislava
3rd - Dukla Trenčín (they have far best juniors in Slovakia)
4th - HKM Zvolen/ MK Poprad
Their champion Färjestads BK will face HC Lugano (SWI) and AK Bars Kazan (RUS) in IIHF ECC 2007 (Ivan Hlinka Division). HC Lugano lost its stars (more in "Switzerland" part) so the best match will be between Swedish and Russian Champion.
MODO with Slovakian duo Karol Krian (G) and Róbert Döme will be very strong and I hope they will be new champions. Another teams to mention - Luleå (with Slovakians Ľubo Bartečko and Jaroslav Obut + Czech Martin Chabada - from Sparta Praha), HV 71 or Brynäs IF.
AK Bars Kazan, Dinamo Moscow, Metalurg Magnitogorsk, Lokomotiv Jaroslavl, Avangard Omsk... unpredictable league with rich clubs
Last year it was well deserved title for HC Lugano but now they lost 3 greatest stars - Ville Peltonen is back in NHL (Florida), Petteri Nummelin is also returning to NHL and Glen Metropolit signed to Thrashers.
Another good teams in Switzerland - HC Davos, SC Bern, ZSC Lions (with our legend Róbert Petrovický)