As the European domestic leagues progress deeper into their playoffs, we now know 21 of the 32 teams that will compete in the 2019/20 Champions Hockey League season. The latest qualifier is Ambrì-Piotta from Switzerland, which means all five spots from that country’s National League have been filled. We could see up to three more qualifiers this week.
Most leagues are already in their Semi-Finals and France’s Ligue Magnus is already in its finals. The Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups lead the Rouen Dragons 2-0 in the series, which could finish as early as Wednesday.
We could also get a qualifier from Sweden as early as Monday night. By the end of the week, the SHL will be in its semi-finals and if HV71 Jönköping are eliminated by Färjestad Karlstad, we will have Skellefteå AIK in as the fifth and final qualifier from Sweden.
By Friday, we could know the third team to qualify from Austria, as the EBEL is well into its semi-finals. The Vienna Capitals, who have already qualified, and KAC Klagenfurt both lead their series 2-0. If both of those teams close out their series, they will meet in their league finals and Klagenfurt will be back in the CHL.
Elsewhere, the Finnish Liiga is down to its final four, with Kärpät Oulu and Tappara Tampere already qualified IFK Helsinki and HPK Hämeenlinna with a chance if they win the title. If neither of those teams manage, TPS Turku is next in line.
The Czech Extraliga is also down to its semis, with all three qualified teams still alive. Two-time reigning champions Kometa Brno are the fourth team, and can re-qualify if they win the title. If not, the spot goes to Mountfield HK, the team Kometa just swept in the quarters.
Qualifiers Red Bull Munich and Adler Mannheim are still alive in the DEL semi-finals, with the other two teams being Kölner Haie and the Augsburg Panther. Unless Die Haie win the title, Augsburg will be the third team to qualify from Germany.