To mark the end of the third round of the Gagarin Cup play-offs – the Conference finals - the Kontinental Hockey League has named the best players of the series in four categories.
– Best goaltender
was Ilya Sorokin
(CSKA), who guarded the Red Army net against SKA throughout all four victorious games, two of which were shutouts. Sorokin finished the series with a save percentage of 97.84 and a goals against average of 1.62;
– Best defenseman
was Sami Lepisto
(Salavat Yulaev), who, despite being on the losing side against Metallurg, contributed 6 points (4+2), 5 blocks and 16 shots on goal. Lepisto earned a +2 for the series, and the Ufa men’s sole victory (Game 3) came thanks to a double by the D-man from Finland, which included the game-winner;
– Best forward
was Alexander Semin
(Metallurg Magnitogorsk), with 7 points (2+5) in five outings – the highest of any player in the Conference finals. Semin merited a +3 for the series and did not receive a single minus in any game. He also fired 17 shots at goal, and in Game 4 he struck the game-winner;
– Best rookie
was 19-year-old SKA forward Alexander Dergachyov
, who played in all four outings and recorded one assist, 7 shots at goal, 13 hits and an average ice time of 14 minutes 20 seconds. As with Semin, Dergachyov did not merit a single minus in any game of the series.