The Kontinental Hockey League’s commission has determined the best players of the Regular Season’s first week in four categories.

— Best goalie for the third time in his career was Ivan Bocharov (Dynamo Moscow), who won two games of two last week, including one shutout. The Blue-and-Whites goalie faced 41 shots, or 20.5 per night, saving 97.56%, and posted a goals-against average of 0.50. Bocharov posted a shutout in the 3-0 home win over Sibir and was named the league’s best goalie in 2019-2020’s 16th week and 2020-2021’s 11th week.

— Best defenseman for the first time in his career was Janis Jaks (HC Sochi), who scored 3 (1+2) points in his team’s two victories last week. The D-man posted no negative ratings, ending the week being plus-1. The Latvian defenseman had three shots on goal, recorded one hit, blocked one shot, and earned one powerplay for the Black Sea franchise. In the game against Vityaz, Jaks potted the game-winning goal in OT. Among other Sochi’s defensemen, also Nikita Shchitov (twice), Cale Wilson (in 2014-2015), and Renat Mamashev were awarded Defensemen of the week honors.

— Best forward for the fifth time in his career was Vadim Shipachyov (Dynamo Moscow), who won two games from two with his team, scoring 4 (4+0) goals. Shipachyov netted a double in each of the two matches, also posting a game-winner. The veteran forward ended the week being plus-1, had five shots on goal, and recorded two hits. Shipachyov was named Best forward of the week for the third time wearing the Dynamo jersey — another two times he received the honors while representing SKA.

— Best rookie for the first time in his career was forward Marat Khusnutdinov (SKA), who won two games of two with his team last week, scoring 3 (1+2) points. Khusnutdnov posted no negative ratings, ending the week being plus-2. In the game against Lokomotiv, the forward opened his account for goals in the KHL, posted an average time on ice of 17 minutes and 21 seconds, had three shots on goal, and blocked two shots.

Alessandro Seren Rosso Alessandro Seren Rosso
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