To mark the end of the seventh week’s play of the eighth season of the Championship, the Kontinental Hockey League has named the best players of the week in four categories.
– Best goaltender
was Edgars Masalskis
(Lada), who helped the Togliatti men claim two wins and a shoot-out defeat in three games. Masalskis also recorded one shutout and enjoyed the longest unbeaten spell of any KHL goalie during the past week;
– Best defenseman
was Geoffrey Kinrade
(Medvescak), with 3 points (1+2) and a +5 from three outings. Kinrade also blocked 8 shots from the opposition and averaged 27 minutes 4 seconds on the ice;
– Best forward
was Brandon Bochenski
(Barys), who made three appearances and finished the week with 5 points (2+3) from 10 shots at goal, a +3, and an average ice time of 19 minutes 14 seconds;
– Best rookie
was 20-year-old Metallurg Novokuznetsk goalie Vladislav Podyapolsky
, who in two games on the road recorded a goals against average of 1.64 and a save percentage of 94.92. Podyapolsky celebrated his first KHL victory with the surprise win over Avangard.