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KHL.ru continues introducing the All-Star Game teams. Today, the talk is about the Kharlamov and the Chernyshev Division.

All the KHL teams will send at least one player to the FONBET 2020 KHL All-Star Weekend in Moscow – the most-represented team in the Eastern Conference is Salavat Yulaev with three players.

Kharlamov Division

Goalies

Timur Bilyalov (Ak Bars), Jakub Kovar (Avtomobilist).

After a strong season in Riga, Bilyalov is back in Kazan, where is having a solid 2019-20 campaign sharing starts with Swedish goalie Adam Reideborn. The 24-years-old goalie is now leading the League in shutouts and goals-against average, and trails only SKA's Alexander Samonov in the saves percentage rankings. With his strong play, he earned his first call to the KHL All-Stars. Jakub Kovar is one of the most consistent players in the KHL and is at his third call to the All-Star event.

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Defensemen

Jyrki Jokipakka (Sibir), Kristian Khenkel (Ak Bars), Nick Bailen (Traktor).

In his third season in the KHL, Jokipakka gained a reputation as a solid stay-at-home defenseman. His strong play in the defensive zone made him a great candidate for an All-Star call, and he will have his debut at the event next Sunday in Moscow. Ak Bars' Kristian Khenkel is at his second straight All-Star Game. Moving from Minsk to Tatarstan, his production and time on ice decreased a little, but his mobility and reliability did not. One of the top offensive defensemen in the League, Bailen is one of the few glimpses of excellence in the current Traktor's season – and one of the few players with a positive rating in a team with a losing record.

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Forwards

Nigel Dawes (Avtomobilist), Dennis Rasmussen (Metallurg), Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars), Pavel Poryadin (Neftekhimik), Lukas Sedlak (Traktor).

For the first time ever, the KHL All-Star Game will have to do without Sergei Mozyakin. His teammate Dennis Rasmussen will replace him in the Kharlamov Division lineup. It will be the first participation for Rasmussen, who is in his second year in the League, both played in Magnitogorsk. It will be the first All-Star call also for Pavel Poryadin and Lukas Sedlak. Poryadin, 23, is one of the fastest skaters in the League and is having a career season in Nizhnekamsk, having scored 11 goals so far. Sedlak will substitute another highly-awaited player, Pavel Datsyuk. The Czech forward is his team's top scorer and the forward with the most time on ice. 

Dawes will skate at his sixth straight All-Star Game, and his presence is now a tradition for the crowd. The veteran forward is currently the second scorer for Avtomobilist, trailing only Brooks Macek. Another player whose participation is a tradition is Danis Zaripov. His hardware collection is impressive, and on Sunday, he will skate at his eighth All-Star Game.

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Coach: Dmitry Kvartalnov (Ak Bars)

Under his guide, Ak Bars is among the hottest teams in the League and will be one of the most dangerous sides in the playoffs. Kvartalnov is at his fifth All-Star Game, tying Spartak's Oleg Znarok for participations.

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Chernyshev Division

Goalies

Juha Metsola (Salavat Yulaev), Igor Bobkov (Avangard).

Both goalies already represented the Chernyshev Division last year, and it's not a surprise to have them both back between the piping for this year's event, considering their consistent performances for their teams. The similarities aren't over yet – both Metsola and Bobkov will be at their third call at the KHL All-Star Game.

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Defensemen

Vyacheslav Voynov (Avangard), Darren Dietz (Barys), Adam Almqvist (Admiral).

One of the top D-Men in the League, Voynov is at his second All-Star Game and is having a career year for Avangard. On his prime, Voynov is one of the players with the most distance run in the KHL regular season so far, and is also a fantastic scorer, being now the second in the defensemen rankings for points, and fourth for goals. Barys' captain Darren Dietz will also wear the C for the Chernyshev Division in his second straight All-Star Game. Last year's Best Defenseman is having a strong showing in Nur-Sultan so far, and his presence in the event will add a further exciting note thanks to his offensive abilities. Admiral's Adam Almqvist is at his first call at the KHL All-Stars, but this is not his first stint in the League – he already played 21 games with Severstal in the 2014-15 campaign. However, this time he is playing much better, and with 25 points, he is the top-scoring defenseman for his team, who is fighting hard to reach the playoffs after a two-year hiatus.

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Forwards

Kirill Semyonov (Avangard), Nikita Soshnikov (Salavat Yulaev), Brandon Yip (Kunlun Red Star), Hynek Zohorna (Amur), Linus Omark (Salavat Yulaev).

There are little doubts – the Soshnikov and Omark duo is one of the best in the entire KHL, and they are ready to show that also at this event. Omark is currently the fourth scorer in the League, while Soshnikov is in fifth place for goals. Hynek Zohorna joined his older brother Tomas in Khabarovsk this summer, and in his debut season, he earned his first All-Star call. Kirill Semyonov made huge strides forward playing under Bob Hartley, and it's not a surprise to see him earning his first All-Star participation this year. Another debutant for the event is Brandon Yip. The Kunlun Red Star's captain will be the first player to represent China at the KHL All-Star Game. The veteran forward is having a strong 19-20 campaign with Kunlun, helping the Chinese franchise to be in the playoffs zone.

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Coach: Bob Hartley (Avangard)

Hartley is in his second year on the Avangard's bench and his second straight All-Star Game. Last year, he reached the Gagarin Cup finals. Will he repeat the feat this year, maybe changing the outcome?

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