To mark the end of the fourth month’s play of the eighth season of the Championship, The Kontinental Hockey League has named the best players of the month in four categories.
– Best goaltender
was Dominik Furch
(Avangard), who played in 9 games and helped his team to victory in 7 of them, ending the month with 3 shutouts (including 2 on the road), a goals against average of 1.56 and a save percentage of .9468;
– Best defenseman
was Kevin Dallman
(Barys), who from 10 outings yielded 6 wins and 11 points (1+10), including 7 in powerplay. Dallman also recorded 11 hits, struck 34 shots at goal, blocked 10 shots from the opposition and merited a +3 for the month;
– Best forward
was Danis Zaripov
(Metallurg Magnitogorsk), with 11 points (8+3) from just 8 appearances. Zaripov’s haul included doubles in three successive games and he also struck three game-winners;
– Best rookie
was 20-year-old Lokomotiv defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov
, who played in 8 games, 7 of which were victories, averaging 16 minutes 55 seconds of ice time and contributing 3 points (2+1), 11 hits and 7 blocks. Gavrikov earned a +7 for the month and did not receive a single minus.