F, Jokerit, 3 G, 6 (3+3) points, +4
The Jokerit’s newcomer had a fantastic week last time around. After being left scoreless in the first two games of the season, Kossila’s production skyrocketed when he had 4 (2+2) points against Traktor on Monday, including the game-winner in OT. Three days later, Jokerit won again, this time in a crazy game against Kunlun. The match ended with a 6-5 score, and Kossila had one goal and one assist — including helping Markus Hannikainen netting the game-winner in the third period. Kossila didn’t score in Jokerit’s third straight win, but he had a plus-1 differential when the Jokers had an important away win over Avangard on Saturday. For his efforts, Kossila was awarded Forward of the week honors.
F, Dinamo Minsk, 3 G, 5 (3+2) points, +2
The Canadian forward moved to Minsk from Magnitogorsk this offseason, and his productivity didn’t change. The 30-years-old forward potted a double last Tuesday when Dinamo defeated Lokomotiv in Yaroslavl, adding an assist. On Sunday, he had another multipoint performance when Dinamo Minsk had a crucial win over Ak Bars Kazan. First, Beck assisted Malte Stromwall’s game-winner, then tallied an empty-netter with less than twenty seconds to the final hooter. After a good season last term, Dinamo Minsk is currently the fourth seed in the Western Conference as the Belarusian side is aiming for a second playoff qualification in a row.
F, Traktor, 3 G, 5 (2+3) points, +5
Traktor underwent profound changes this summer, strengthening its lineup and signing exciting players. However, the Southern Urals franchise also retained some of its most successful ones, including Czech Republic’s Tomas Hyka. After leading Traktor with 49 (14+35) points in 59 games last term, the forward kicked off the 2021-2022 campaign in style, scoring 4 (1+3) points in his third game of the season. On Wednesday, Traktor had a 6-1 win in Riga, with Hyka opening the score in the first period and then having a hat-trick of assists as goals piled up on Dinamo’s crease. Earlier in the week, Hyka also scored in Traktor’s defeat in Helsinki (5-4 OT). On top of that, the Czech forward led the league’s forward with a plus-5 differential.
F, Kunlun Red Star, 3 G, 5 (3+2) points, −1
The Dragons are currently in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference, which is primarily thanks to the forwards’ performance. Naturally, one of the best was Brandon Yip. The veteran forward, at his fourth season in the KHL, never experienced problems in scoring, but this year he is adding consistency. Last week, the Dragons’ captain scored points in all three games, helping Kunlun defeating Sochi after SO and scoring the game-tying goal in the second period. Earlier, Yip had two consecutive two-point games when the Dragons suffered losses to Dinamo Riga and Jokerit. If Yip and the forwards keep on scoring, and the defense will improve over time, Kunlun has a good chance to return to postseason hockey.
D, Torpedo, 3 G, 3 (1+2) points, even
The KHL newcomer had an intense week last term, especially in Sunday’s game against SKA. Torpedo had a long-awaited and deserved win over St. Petersburg, with Lennstrom opening his account for goals in the league early in the first period. Later on, the Swedish blueliner assisted Marek Hrivik’s game-winner. After being left scoreless in Torpedo’s home defeat against Sibir, Lennstrom recorded his second assist in the season when Nizhny Novgorod defeated Sochi on Thursday — once again in a goal tallied by Hrivik. Lennstrom had an average time on ice of more than 22 minutes last week. Torpedo is currently the fifth seed in the West and a playoff qualification is a minimum goal for the Nizhny Novgorod franchise.
F, Torpedo, 3 G, 3 (3+0) points, even
Torpedo had two wins from three last week, with the Slovak forward potting the game-winner in each of them. Hrivik is having a tremendous season in Nizhny Novgorod, and last week he further cemented his status as one of the team’s leaders with a double against SKA and a tally in Sochi’s net. He’s also one of the mostly-iced players in his team and had an impressive eleven shots on goal last week.