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Fourth week of KHL’s regular season has concluded and now it’s time to look at who were the best performing U23 players. Dynamo Moscow’s youngster makes his return to the list, also including players from Neftehimik, Salavat Yulaev, Severstal and Avtomobilist.

Dmitry Rashevsky

F, Dynamo Moscow
Week: 3 G, 3 (3+0) points
Season: 10 G, 13 (8+5) points

Dmitry Rashevsky continues his impressive campaign making his return this week after playing three games and earning three goals while his team managed to win two out of three contests. First goal for Rashevsky came in his teams 4:0 victory against HC Sochi — the 20-year-old in a fantastic, yet simple manner — he entered the offensive zone and saw that he isn’t in a good position to score so he made a twirl around the zone and placed himself perfectly for a wrist shot that was the final goal of that game. In the Moscow derby against Spartak Rashevsky got himself two goals — first he put his team up by a goal, he fought for a position right in front of the net, received a pass from Andrei Mironov and simply got the puck past the opposing goalie. He got his final say towards the end of the game when after a passing play he once again positioned himself well in front of the net, received the puck and created enough space for himself to shoot it into the close corner of the net.

Bulat Shafigullin

F, Neftehimik Nizhnekamsk
Week: 2 G, 3 (1+2) points
Season: 10 G, 4 (1+3) points

Bulat Shafigullin had an exceptional week wearing the Neftekhimik colours while his team managed to earn a single win and record one loss in two game span. His week began with a loss against Spartak Moscow — 2:3 was the final score in OT. The 21-year-old got an assist in that game when after a Spartak attack he retrieved the puck, skated up the ice and left the puck for Ivan Glazkov who then found Rafael Bikmullin for the goal. In the second game of the week Bulat was capable of getting his teams first goal of the game that seemed to snowball into a 4:0 victory — after a lengthy attack on man advantage Shafigullin found himself skating towards the net and Andrei Chivilyov quickly noticed that and made a cross-crease pass for a simple goal after the opposing goalie was already down on his bottom and had no business even trying to make the save. Shafigullin returned the favour and on the next power-play opportunity found Chivilyov who then got a goal of his own.

Shakir Mukhamadullin

D, Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Week: 2 G, 2 (1+1) points
Season: 10 G, 3 (1+2) points

Mukhamadullin is one of the youngsters from whom many expect great things despite his young age and after having a slower start he has picked up the pace. He and Salavat Yulaev Ufa managed to earn two victories — one in regulation against SKA St. Petersburg and one in OT against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl from which both were high-event games. Both points for the 19-year-old came against SKA and both were on power-play. Mukhamadullin made the final pass for the first goal when he quickly found Sakari Manninen who then skated towards the net and shot the puck past Lars Johansson who didn’t see much as Viktor Tikhonov was well placed in front of the net. Just minutes later it was goal time for the young defenseman — after the puck cycled from player to player in the offensive zone it got to Mukhamadullin who then used a flickering slap-shot from distance to make it 2:0, creative and smart because once again there were bodies in the line of shot and goalie had trouble seeing the shot and the direction where the puck was headed.

Konstantin Shostak

G, Severstal Cherepovets
Week 4: 1 G, GAA 0.00, 1.000 SVS%
Season: 5 G, GAA 1.22, .953 SVS%

Konstantin Shostak started a single game this past week giving his team a 1:0 victory, he recorded his first career shutout in his second KHL season. The 21-year-old goalie has seen glimpses of KHL action for the third straight season. This is the first time in his career when he has appeared in more than three games and it only makes sense that he will see more time in net for Severstal. Shostak is yet to see any time in net in the Gagarin Cup playoffs but the potential is there as his team has played a great defensive hockey so far in the season, has one of the top penalty kills in the league and currently sit in sixth position of the standings. If the stellar performance so far can be kept up — the young goalie has the potential to be amongst top tenders in the league in days and years to come.

Vladimir Galkin

G, Avtomobilist Jekaterinburg
Week 4: 2 G, GAA 3.00, .938 SVS%
Season: 6 G, GAA 2.23, .939 SVS%

Galkin and his Avtomobilist team got their chance to play two games this past week in which he started in both, neither were a victory but he still managed to showcase himself in game against Traktor Chelyabinsk — a shootout loss where he faced 54 shots turning away 53 of them. Only player that managed to squeak the puck past him during regulation was Vladimir Tkachyov who flicked a wrist shot five-hole. The 21-year-old goalie started the next game against Barys Nur-Sultan which was a high scoring affair — a total of nice goals were scored and the game also went past regulation where Kazakh side granted themselves a 5:4 victory. In that game Galkin faced 43 shots and managed to save 38 of them.

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