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

In September, the League’s teams played a total of 149 games, with 692 players (56 goalies, 231 defensemen, and 405 forwards) taking part in the action. The average goals-per-game was at 5.21.

— Best goalie for the third time in his career was Lars Johansson (SKA), who won eight games from nine last month. He faced 214 shots, or 23.8 per night, posting a saves percentage of 94.86% and a GAA of 1.22. Johansson had five shutouts in October, with the longest streak being 197 minutes and 12 seconds — the longest so far in 2021-2022. Johansson was already awarded goalie of the month twice, representing CSKA.

— Best defenseman for the first time in his career was Jesse Blacker (Avtomobilist), who scored 15 (3+12) points in 13 games, accumulating a +9 differential. Blacker scored only three of his fifteen points with the man advantage. The Avtomobilist defenseman also had 26 shots on goal, recorded 17 hits, and blocked eight shots.

— Best forward for the first time in his career was Marat Khairullin (Neftekhimik), who scored 14 (9+5) points in 12 games. The forward was October’s top goalscorer, with nine tallies, including two game-winners. Khairullin had 44 shots on goal, recorded 14 hits, and blocked four shots. Moreover, he’s the second Neftekhimik forward to be awarded as the best of the month after Richard Gynge on 2017 December.

— Best rookie for the second time was forward Dmitry Rashevsky (Dynamo Moscow), who scored 10 (6+4) points in 13 games. In October, the forward had one game-winning goal, 33 shots, a double, nine hits, and two blocked shots. Rashevsky is the second Dynamo Moscow forward to be awarded best rookie honors after Alexander Polunin.

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