East: Chudinov scores from his own half, Ufa takes its chances. March 20 playoffs20 March 2019, 20:30
To mark the end of the second full month's play of the tenth season of the Championship, The Kontinental Hockey League has named the best players of October in four categories.
– Best goaltender was Ryan Zapolski (Jokerit). The USA international helped the Helsinki Men claim eight wins in 12 games, including four shutout victories. Zapolski recorded a save percentage of 94.28, a goals against average of 1.59, and a shutout series which ended at 245 minutes 17 seconds – the best of the season and the third longest in KHL history;
– Best defenseman was Nikita Tryamkin (Avtomobilist). The 23-year-old Russian had a superb October, helping the Yekaterinburg team to victory in seven of his 11 appearances, topping up his account with 8 (3+5) points, a +3 efficiency rating, 18 blocks, 23 hits (more than any other defenseman), and an average of more than 21 minutes on the ice. Tryamkin ended October with a four-point game and a call-up to the Russian national team;
– Best forward was Nigel Dawes (Barys), who in nine outings struck 10 goals (the highest total of any player in the League), assisted on 4 more and earned a +6 for the month. The Canadian sniper with Kazakh citizenship contributed 36 shots at goal, 8 hits, averaged 21 minutes 28 seconds of ice time, and his impressive tally of goals included four doubles and four game-winners;
– Best rookie was 18-year-old Jokerit forward Eeli Tolvanen, whose statistics for October include 12 matches, 8 victories, 9 (5+4) points, a +3 rating, 42 shots at goal, 13 hits and an average of 17 minutes 3 seconds on the ice. The month ended with the Finnish youngster being selected to represent his country at senior level in the Karjala Cup.