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Second week of KHL’s regular season has concluded and now it’s time to look at who were the best performing U23 players. This week’s edition features a returnee from week one and four debutantes from CSKA Moscow, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, HC Sochi and Dinamo Minsk.

Dmitry Rashevsky

F, Dynamo Moscow 

3 G, 6 (3+3) points

Dmitry Rashevsky returns to the top for the second consecutive week and in what manner — he outperformed himself bringing out rather impressive statistics while helping his Dynamo Moscow team earn three victories. In a 5:2 victory against Avangard he first helped set-up Yegor Zaitsev’s goal and later put the nail in the coffin with a goal of his own — Slava Voynov quickly found Vadim Shipachyov who was heading up the ice as the 20-year-old snuck into the zone unnoticed, a perfect pass followed and the young forward simply undressed Simon Hrubec. In the game against Amur he helped set up the final two goals of the game but what’s important is that his shot registered as the hardest one in the match — 153.18 km/h. In the game against Admiral Vladivostok he helped his team tie the game at 1:1, then later in the third he gave his team a 3:2 lead, although that was erased seven minutes later his teammates ultimately helped him and Dynamo Moscow to seal their victory and go three-for-three in the week.

Matvei Guskov

F, CSKA Moscow

3 G, 3 (2+1) points

A week of firsts for Matvei. His CSKA Moscow side played three games this past week earning a win in regulation and OT as well as a loss against Barys Nur-Sultan. Against Ak Bars he scored so far the most important goal of his career — he received a cross-ice pass from Anton Slepyshev to tie the game with a little over six minutes left in the third to tie the game that forced extra time for his first career KHL goal. His second career goal came in the very next game against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl blasting in a rebound on power-play that helped his team beat the opponent with a final score of 3:1. His maiden KHL assist came on power-play when he helped set-up Sergei Plotnikov’s goal on power-play in a 3:6 loss against Barys.

Ivan Chekhovich

F, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod

3 G, 3 (1+2) points

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod’s 22-year-old left winger also had a fairly impressive week where he helped to lead his team to two victories while only losing to Dinamo Riga giving their opponents first home victory of the season. Chekhovich assisted on his team’s second power-play goal in the game against SKA that gave his team a 2:1 lead. Against HC Sochi the secondary assist also belonged to him — once again on power-play for yet another 2:1 lead which ended up being enough to earn two points. His only goal came in a loss against Riga side — Zhafyarov skated towards the middle of the offensive zone had a perfect opportunity to shoot but he decided to drop the puck to Ivan Chekhovich who perfectly executed his chance to pull his team back within a goal with seven minutes left to play in the third. However, that wasn’t enough to help his team earn any points in an important game.

Alexander Zhabreyev

F, HC Sochi

3G, 3 (0+3) points

HC Sochi lost all three games during the week which made this 21-year-old player’s performance even more notable. Against Torpedo the young forward was very active in the offensive zone first throwing a hit and then skating across the ice to steal the puck from the opponent which led to a goal to give his team a 1:0 lead. Similar situation occurred against Kunlun Red Star where his assist also allowed his team to take a 1:0 lead — he faked a shot and dropped the pass back to the front of the net for Igor Babenko to cash it in. Even in the third game of the week against Ak Bars Zhabreyev took part in assuring that his team would get the first goal of the game — an outlet pass that sent Artyom Nikolayev further up the ice behind Ak Bars defense for a slapshot that surprised Timur Bilyalov.

Vladimir Alistrov

F, Dinamo Minsk

2G, 2 (2+0) points

Alistrov and the Minsk side got to play only two games, splitting them in half with a loss and a victory. In the first game against Avtomobilist the youngster played 15 minutes and 10 seconds, however he did not appear on the score sheet. The second game of the week was his moment to shine — first he tied the score with a one-timer from front of the net and later in the period he got to extend his teams lead by two goals, first he blocked Roman Rukavishnikov’s pass, took the puck and ran away to face the goalie one-on-one for his second of the game to help his team win 5:2 against Ak Bars Kazan.

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