F, Avangard, 2 G, 6 (3+3) points, +4
The Canadian centerman cemented his status as one of the best players in his position, starting the season with two consecutive three-point games. He first potted a double in Avangard’s Opening Cup triumph over CSKA (4-0), then he was instrumental again when the Hawks downed Admiral 4-3 SO on Saturday. Avangard entered the season as the reigning Gagarin Cup champions, and the side is doing everything to repeat its success.
F, Vityaz, 2 G, 7 (2+5) points, even
The Finnish scorer returned to Vityaz this offseason after spending one year and a half with SKA and started incredible performance right away. Aaltonen first had a three-point game in Vityaz’s away win over Torpedo. In the second game of the season, the Finn had 4 (1+3) points, but this time his monster performance wasn’t enough to secure Vityaz a W after losing 5-6 OT in Sochi.
G, Avangard, 2 G, 97.74%, GAA 1.45, 1 SO
Hrubec and Avangard started the new season as they finished the old one — with strong performance and tight defense. And naturally, with Hrubec playing lights out between the piping. The Czech goalie kicked off his season with a 30-save shutout in the Opening Cup match against CSKA, then helped the Hawks defeating Admiral adding another 24 saves as Avangard downed Vladivostok after SO.
F, Avangard, 2 G, 5 (3+2) points, +1
The Slovak, who was awarded Best Forward honors at the most recent IIHF World Championship in Riga, started the season with a bang, scoring 4 (2+2) points in the Opening Cup match won by the Hawks 4-0 over CSKA. After this incredible performance, Cehlarik contributed to Avangard’s 4-3, SO win over Admiral on Saturday with another tally. The Slovak forward has all it takes to be one of the top KHL players this season.
D, Spartak, 2 G, 1 (1+0) points, +2
Another KHL newcomer, defenseman Tim Heed already found his place in Spartak’s lineup and showed an excellent game in both last week’s games. The Red-and-Whites triumphed over both the Far Eastern teams, with Heed recording a goal in his debut game against Admiral and posting a plus-2 differential. Spartak had an excellent start of the season and a playoffs qualification seems to be the minimum goal for Boris Mironov’s men.
D, HC Sochi, 2 G, 3 (1+2) points, +1
The 26-years-old blueliner is in his second year in the KHL after lining up for Dinamo Riga last term. He posted no negative ratings in the first season of action (with a plus-1 differential), and even more importantly, he potted the game-winner in OT in Sochi’s win over Vityaz on Saturday. He also had an assist that night. In the season’s opening game, Jaks had a helper and helped Vityaz defeating Amur with a 4-0 score. For his efforts, Jaks was awarded Defenseman of the Week honors.