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Vityaz’s import had a great time last week, in particular defenseman Valtteri Kemilainen. Schroeder netted four goals to Dinamo Riga, and Tim Heed’s streak continued. presents the best player from each country.


Valtteri Kemilainen

D, Vityaz, 3 G, 7 (2+5) points, +1

The Finn d-man had a striking week and is currently on a five-game scoring streak, with 10 (4+6) points over that span. Kemilainen, at his first season in the KHL, started the week with a hat-trick of assists when Vityaz defeated Sibir 5:2 on home soil on Monday. On Thursday, Vityaz lost to Spartak (2:5), but Kemilainen kept his streak alive with a helper. Three days later, Vityaz had a sensational win over Dynamo Moscow. With the man advantage, in the second period, Kemilainen got the puck from his fellow Finnish countrymate Niko Ojamaki. Then, he unleashed a slap shot from the right circle that went in top-shelf over Ivan Bocharov’s right shoulder. That night, he scored again and added a helper for a three-point performance. Vityaz lost several games before, but right now they are a team on the rise, and while the playoff line is pretty far — six points — they cannot be crossed out yet in the West. For his efforts, Kemilainen was awarded Defenseman of the week honors.


Tim Heed

D, Spartak, 3 G, 5 (1+4) points, +1

Spartak is also in excellent shape — the Red-and-Whites won their latest four matches and is currently the seventh seed of the Western Conference. Heed’s contribution is easily understood: the Swedish blueliner is on a four-game scoring streak (just as Spartak’s consecutive Ws), and when earlier the Moscow side lost three in a row, Heed was on a scoring drought. The Swedish blueliner started the week with two assists in Spartak’s OT win over CSKA on Monday — including firing the puck to the net for Emil Pettersson’s deflection when the Red-and-Whites tied the game with less than twenty seconds to the final hooter. Three days later, he had yet another multi-point performance when Spartak downed Vityaz on home soil. Then, he recorded an assist in Spartak’s 4:2 win over Kunlun Red Star on Sunday. Heed is currently leading all Spartak defensemen with 12 (2+10) points and more than 21 minutes of average ice time.

Czech Republic

Libor Sulak

D, Admiral, 3 G, 3 (2+1) points, +2

The Vladivostok side had a good week, with two wins in three games and losing only 1:2 to CSKA. The Czech defenseman was excellent for Admiral. On Tuesday, he was silent on the scoresheet in Admiral’s 3:1 away win over Lokomotiv, but he blocked four shots, recorded two hits, and led his team with 21:42 on ice. Two days later, Admiral defeated Amur in the season’s first Far East derby. Sulak netted the game-winner after breaking in the offensive zone at full speed with the puck glued to his blade and firing a snapshot that defeated Alikin glove-side, rattling the crossbar before going in for a highlight-reel goal. Earlier in the opening frame, Sulak assisted on Vojtech Mozik’s first tally of the season. In Admiral’s losing effort against the Red Army, Sulak scored his fourth goal of the season with a blue line shot surprising Adam Reideborn in traffic to tie the game at one in the first period. Admiral is currently the 11th seed in the East, but they are improving, and the playoff line is just three points far.

United States

Jordan Schroeder

F, Jokerit, 2 G, 5 (4+1) points, +5

The American forward had an incredible performance last year against Dinamo Riga. The Jokers defeated the Latvian side with a record-breaking 8:0 score. The star of the show was Schroeder, who scored four goals and added a helper for his most productive game in the KHL. It doesn’t often happen to see a poker of goals — the American forward was helped by Brian O’Neill, who had four assists that night. Schroeder is now leading Jokerit tied with Niklas Jensen and Iiro Pakarinen with eight goals and is trailing only O’Neill by scored points. The American forward is also the leader among all Jokerit forwards with a pass-success rate of 84.92%. The Finnish franchise is currently the second seed in the West, trailing only SKA.


Ryan Spooner

F, Avtomobilist, 3 G, 4 (1+3) points, −2

It hasn’t been the best time of the season for the Motormen — the Yekaterinburg side only had one win last week. However, hardly Ryan Spooner can be called out as the one to blame — the Canadian forward scored points in all games, starting with a helper in Avtomobilist’s 3:4 loss in Nizhny Novgorod. Spooner, who is trailing only Stephane Da Costa in his team’s scoring race, also collected an assist in the Motormen’s 7:6 OT win in Sochi. On Friday, the team moved to Chelyabinsk. Avtomobilist came out of the game with another point in the standings as Traktor won after SO, and Spooner had a goal and an assist that night. With the Motormen down by one late in the third period, Georgy Belousov worked the puck in the left corner, then sent it up for the coming Spooner in the left circle. The Canadian forward one-timed the puck and beat Will glove side with, as the analyst on TV said, “a laser-like shot” aimed at the far post. Avtomobilist is currently the fifth seed in the East.

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