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

In September, the League’s teams played a total of 139 games, with 681 players (52 goalies, 220 defensemen, and 409 forwards) taking part in the action. The average goals-per-game was at 5.28.

— Best goalie for the third time in his career was Juha Metsola (Salavat Yulaev), who won seven of eight games in September. Metsola had a shutout in Salavat Yulaev’s 1:0 win over Dinamo Minsk. The Finnish netminder faced 207 shots, or 25.9 per night, saving the 94.69%. He had a goal-against average of 1.38. Metsola was awarded Goalie of the month twice in 2018-2019.

— Best defenseman for the second time in his career was Mikhail Pashnin (Metallurg), who won 10 games from 11 with his team. Pashnin scored 7 (0+7) points, and finished only one game with a negative differential, posting a plus-14 rating (best figure in the league). Pashnin recorded 31 hits and blocked six shots. He was awarded Best defenseman honors for the first time in 2015 October, when he was representing Lokomotiv.

— Best forward for the sixth time in his career was Vadim Shipachyov (Dynamo Moscow), who won 10 games out of 11 with his team in September. Shipachyov posted 26 (9+17) points, compiled a plus-4 differential, scored points in all games, and established a scoring record for the season’s inaugural month. The Dynamo Moscow captain potted three doubles, recorded six hits, blocked four shots, and earned three powerplays for the Blue-and-Whites. Shipachyov was awarded Best forward honors twice with Severstal, once with SKA, and three times with Dynamo Moscow.

— Best rookie for the first time was forward Dmitry Rashevsky (Dynamo Moscow), who won 10 games out of 11 with his team. The forward scored 13 (8+5) points, and finished only one game with a negative differential, posting a plus-10 rating. Rashevsky had an average time on ice of 13 minutes and 54 seconds, recorded 10 hits, blocked four shots, and earned two powerplays for his team. Rashevsky is the first Blue-and-Whites player to be awarded rookie of the month since Alexander Petunin in 2017-2018.

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