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International players always had a significant role in the KHL teams' success, and this year, they were no exception. From Finland to Canada and other top hockey countries, and not only, international players had a significant impact on the teams' performance. KHL.ru introduces the best imports of the regular season.

Czech Republic

Dmitrij Jaskin

F, Dynamo Moscow, 58 G, 63 (31+32) points, +34

When Dmitrij Jaskin joined Dynamo Moscow this summer, many were expecting a strong season, but probably not such an impact in his first season in the KHL. After scoring only one point in his first six games, Jaskin's production skyrocketed fast – he had nineteen multiple-point performance (including producing four points twice), scoring a total of 48 points. In the Feb. 15 7-6 OT win over Dinamo Riga, Jaskin posted his first and so far only hat-trick in the KHL, including the game-winner. Jaskin quickly became a fan favorite and formed a formidable one-two punch with Vadim Shipachyov – the two lead the league in scoring and pushed Dynamo Moscow up to the fourth rank in the Western Conference standings. The Blue-and-Whites will face Spartak in the playoffs, and much will depend on whether Znarok's side will be able to contain Dynamo's first line.

Canada

Linden Vey

F, CSKA Moscow, 52 G, 48 (13+35) points, +22

In his third season in the league, Linden Vey is confirming his position as one of the top international players in the KHL. Vey is in his second season as a member of CSKA as he was hired in the league by Barys. More a playmaker than a scorer, the 28-years-old native of Saskatchewan scored more than 30 helpers in each of his seasons in the KHL. Such productivity is quite a feat, even if he plays in one of the most stacked lineups in the league. Just for comparison sake, two-of his fellow countrymen from Canada like Justin Azevedo and Matt Ellison, two of the most prolific players ever in the KHL, had quiet seasons with less than 30 points. But Vey was amazing once again, leading all CSKA forwards not only in assists but also in faceoffs percentage and passing accuracy. Vey is expected to lead the Red Army in the playoffs as well.

United States

Brian O'Neill

F, Jokerit, 56 G, 48 (19+29) points, +17

American forward Jordan Schroeder also had an excellent season in Nizhny Novgorod (41 points in 60 games). Still, ultimately Brian O'Neill scored more, had a better plus/minus, and played for a better-placed team and deserved the award. In his fourth season in the league and Helsinki, the native of Pennsylvania developed in one of Jokerit's most-lethal weapons. Last year, O'Neill scored more points with 58, but this season he set a career-high with 19 goals and further cemented his position as one of the most dangerous players in the Western Conference. An agile and explosive skater, O'Neill also lead all Jokerit forwards in average time on ice and game-winning goals. The American forward already appeared on the scoresheet when Jokerit easily defeated Lokomotiv in the first postseason showdown.

Finland

Mikko Lehtonen

D, Jokerit, 60 G, 49 (17+32) points, +26

Defensemen rarely lead their teams in scoring, but sometimes it happens, like this year with Mikko Lehtonen and Jokerit. The Finnish defenseman had an extraordinary 2019-20 campaign, and the fifth-ever most point scored in a season for a blueliner, surpassing Kirill Koltsov's 48 points in 2014-15. It was also the second all-time best for a Finnish player in the KHL, only one point shy of Esa Pirnes' 50 points with Atlant in the inaugural season of the league; and the third all-time best for Jokerit in the KHL, trailing last year's 58 points by O'Neill and Steve Moses' 57 in 2014-15. But numbers alone can't tell how big of a role Lehtinen had for his team. He was nothing short than incredible and already scored three points in the first playoff game against Lokomotiv.

Sweden

Linus Omark

F, Salavat Yulaev, 59 G, 54 (12+42) points, -1

The Swedish wizard had another strong season, trailing only Vadim Shipachyov for assists and tieing his record with 42 helpers, established in the 2016-17 season. Linus Omark is Salavat Yulaev's all-time scorer in the KHL, with a total of 328 (85+243) points in 341 games, including the postseason. On Oct. 1, in a home game against Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, Omark had one goal and three assists for his eighth game in the KHL with at least four points scored (he had five points twice). His +4 rating was a record for him that night. If that's not enough, Omark also led Salavat Yulaev in average time on ice (trailing only Dinamo Minsk's Ryan Spooner by one second in the overall rankings). Salavat Yulaev didn't start the playoffs well, but Omark had two points as the Bashkirian side lost 2-5 to Avangard in game one of the playoffs.

Switzerland

Sven Andrighetto

F, Avangard, 56 G, 27 (13+14) points, +2

Not many Swiss players get to play in the KHL, but Sven Andrighettо's signing was a positive one for Avangard. The Swiss international had a strong first season in the KHL, scoring north of 25 points and demonstrating a solid adaptation to both Hartley's hockey and his new country. The 26-years-old native of the Canton of Bern started scoring right away and also posted the game-winning goal in the Jan. 28 game against Neftekhimik with a deceiving shot from the blue line that caught Barulin off guard. Andrighetto will return even stronger next year as this summer he inked a two-year deal with the Omsk franchise. Right now, the Swiss and the Hawks are busy with the postseason's first round against Salavat Yulaev.

Germany

Brooks Macek

F, Avtomobilist, 61 G, 46 (24+22) points, -3

In his first year in the league, Brooks Macek managed to establish a record for single-season scoring by a German player, beating Felix Schutz's 2013-14 campaign in Vladivostok. The native of Winnipeg, who plays for the German national team since the 2015-16 season, was the fourth goal-scorer this time around, with 24 goals – one more than Teemu Pulkkinen and Lukas Sedlak. Avtomobilist's season had a few ups and downs, but Macek was constantly one of the top scorers for the Ural franchise. Under his belt, he can boast six doubles and ten multi-point games in the season. Macek and Avtomobilist are currently trailing Sibir Novosibirsk in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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