The Cherepanov prizewinner is chosen by a poll among KHL coaches. Followed that survey, we can reveal the three leading candidates for the award: Zakhar Bardakov of Vityaz, Maxim Sorkin of CSKA and Yegor Chinakhov of Avangard.
44 games, 11 (8+3) points
Bardakov was one of the stars of the Russian Junior team at the last World Championship. After that he started getting significantly more game time in the KHL and went on a five-game scoring streak that brought him six goals.
68 games, 14 (6+8) points
Sorkin made his KHL debut in 2019-2020, playing 18 games. But last season saw him emerge as a key player for CSKA and his goal in game six of the Western Conference Final against SKA sent the Army Men into the Gagarin Cup final.
53 games, 24 (15+9) points
Chinakhov was twice chosen of rookie of the month in the 2020-2021 season, as well as being the best rookie in the second round of the playoffs. He was the leading scorer among U20 players.
The previous winners of this award were Ilya Proskuryakov, Anatoly Nikontsev, Pavel Zdunov, Dmitry Lugin, Vlaery Nichushkin, Andrei Vasilevsky, Maxim Mamin, Artyom Alyayev, Vladimir Tkachyov, Vitaly Kravtsov, Ilya Konovalov and Artyom Galimov.
The KHL’s Closing Ceremony will take place on June 8, 2021.