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

Last week, the League’s teams played 35 games, with 568 players (42 goalies, 191 defensemen, and 335 forwards) taking part in the action. The scoring was at 5,94 goals per game.

— Best goalie for the fifth time in his career was Lars Johansson (SKA), who won two games of two last week. Johansson faced 34 shots (or 17 a night), posting a saves percentage of 100% and a goals-against average of 0.00. The Swedish netminder recorded shutouts in SKA’s wins over Jokerit (2:0) and Kunlun Red Star (7:0).

— Best defenseman for the first time in his career was Valtteri Kemilainen (Vityaz), who scored 7 (2+5) points (best result of the week, forwards included) in three games. The defenseman had three-point performances against Sibir (5:2) and Dynamo Moscow (5:2), netting the game-winner against the Blue-and-Whites. He also recorded one hit and blocked one shot.

— Best forward for the first time in his career was Sakari Manninen (Salavat Yulaev), who posted 5 (3+2) points in three games, including tallying the game-winner against CSKA (3:2). He also recorded five hits and blocked six shots.

— Best rookie for the first time in his career was goalie Konstantin Shostak (Severstal), who won two games from two last week. In the game against Dinamo Riga (2:0), Shostak posted his second shutout of the season. Shostak faced 45 shots, or 22.5 per night, posting a saves percentage of 97.78% and a goals-against average of 0.50. Shostak was the second Severstal goalie to be awarded Rookie of the week honors after Dmitry Shugayev in the 2019-2020 fifth week.

Alessandro Seren Rosso Alessandro Seren Rosso
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