F, Dynamo Moscow, 3 G, 7 (5+2) points, +5
The Dynamo star had another striking week, helping the Blue-and-Whites winning three games in a row. The 27-years-old forward started the week being silent in Dynamo’s 3-0 win over Neftekhimik. However, three days ago, on Nov. 19, Jaskin scored his second treble of the season when Dynamo Moscow downed Riga with a 6-1 score. Other than scoring three times, Jaskin also assisted on Vadim Shipachyov’s opening goal. The forward’s first tally, just ten minutes in, was the eventual game-winner — his fourth of the season. On Nov. 22, Dynamo Moscow traveled to Chelyabinsk, and the trip to the southern Urals proved to be a successful one for the capital city franchise. Jaskin was once again instrumental for his team, netting a double and adding a helper for Michal Cajkovsky’s fourth of the season in the second period. With 19 goals in 26 games, Jaskin is currently the top scorer in the league and was just named the eleventh week’s best forward.
D, Avangard, 2 G, 2 (1+1) points, +3
In his third year with Avangard, the Finnish defenseman is helping the Omsk franchise to stay in the first seeds of the Eastern Conference to seek a deeper playoff run after losing in the first round last year to Salavat Yulaev. Pokka, 26, only played 13 games this season, yet he has proved to be a key player for Avangard, only once logging less than twenty minutes — on Oct. 12, Avangard’s win over HC Sochi. Last week, Pokka netted his third of the season, scoring the game-winner in the away game against Amur Khabarovsk, then had a helper when Avangard defeated Barys with a 5-2 away victory. So far, Pokka has produced 8 (3+5) points for the Balashikha-based franchise, with a plus-8 rating — the best among all Avangard defensemen. For his efforts, Pokka was just named the eleventh week’s best D-man.
F, CSKA, 3 G, 6 (2+4) points, +5
The Canadian forward is finally finding his groove with CSKA, scoring two points a game throughout last week and finishing with a plus-5 rating. On Monday, Leipsic helped the Red Army defeating Lokomotiv with a two-assist performance on CSKA’s 3-1 victory. Three days later, the Canadian forward had another helper when the Armymen downed Neftekhimik with a 4-2 score. And finally, on Sunday, Leipsic was the best player for CSKA in the team’s 5-1 away win over Dinamo Minsk. The Canadian forward had his first three-point performance in the KHL, netting a double in the third period and assisting on the first Mario Kempe’s tally of the night. Leipsic, 26, has now 13 (6+7) points in 15 games, with an impressive plus-12 rating.
D, CSKA, 3 G, 2 (1+1) points, +4
CSKA had an intense week last time around, with three straight wins, and the Swedish D-man was a big part of the Red Army’s success. While not a scorer, Dahlbeck is incredibly reliable in his own zone and is currently tied with his teammate Dmitri Samorukov for the second-best plus/minus rating in the league, with a plus-19 accumulated so far. Last week, the Swedish blueliner opened the score in CSKA’s 3-1 victory over Lokomotiv. In the Nov. 19, 4-2 win over Neftekhimik, Dahlbeck assisted Alexander Popov’s goal in the first period and finished the game with a plus-2 rating. In Sunday’s victory over Dinamo Minsk, Dahlbeck failed to score points but was on the ice during Mario Kempe’s second of the night, rising his weekly rating to plus-4. Dahlbeck, 29, is in his third year with CSKA and signed a two-year renewal during this year’s offseason.
D, Dynamo Moscow, 3 G, 2 (1+1) points, +3
The Slovakian large-framed defenseman was critical to the Blue-and-Whites’ success of last week. On Sunday, Cajkovsky played one of his best games in the season, scoring the game-winner in the away match against Traktor Chelyabinsk and finishing the game with a plus-3 rating, forming a formidable duo with the veteran Finn Juuso Hietanen. The Slovakian D-Man, in his fifth year in the KHL, also had an assist in Tuesday Dynamo Moscow’s 6-1 win over Dinamo Riga. The team led by Vladimir Krikunov is currently the fourth seed in the Western Conference, and a strong game by his towering Slovakian D-man will be critical for the upcoming playoff push.
F, Jokerit, 3 G, 4 (1+3) points, +3
The American forward had another great week with Jokerit, helping the Finnish franchise win two games of three, scoring four points in the process. O’Neill started the week posting a helper in Jokerit’s home defeat 1-3 to Traktor when he assisted Jesse Joensuu’s second goal this year. After the disappointing loss to Chelyabinsk, Jokerit moved to Yaroslavl. This time, the Jokers didn’t miss the chance and got away with a solid 4-1 away win. O’Neill scored the 3-1, shorthanded goal in the second period; then he assisted Joensuu again for the tally that sealed the deal for Jokerit. The Pennsylvania native amassed a plus-3 rating for the night. Two days later, on Nov. 21, Jokerit shut out HC Sochi. O’Neill, in his fifth season with the Jokers, assisted on Alex Grant’s opening goal in the third period. The American forward is currently in the top-5 passers in the league, with 19, and is leading the KHL with a plus-24 rating. Jokerit is back in the playoff places, being the eighth seed of the Western Conference, with a considerable number of games to recover.