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Sibir’s Murphy was the best on the blue line, and HC Sochi’s Bakos found his scoring touch back. KHL. ru presents the best imports from each country.

Canada

Trevor Murphy

D, Sibir, 3 G, 5 (1+4) points, +3

The Canadian defenseman has been a force for Sibir last week, helping the franchise winning two games of three. He was held scoreless in Sibir’s 1:2 defeat against HC Sochi on Wednesday, but then he had his production running. On Friday, Sibir defeated Avangard 5:4 in a close Siberian derby, with Murphy being one of the best players on the ice, scoring a goal in the third period and adding a couple of helpers. Two days later, Sibir had another win, this time over Avtomobilist, and Murphy had another two assists, including participating in Oleg Li’s game-winner in the third period. After a rocky start, Sibir is currently in the Eastern Conference’s sixth place, and Trevor Murphy’s strong play of late is necessary to Andrei Martemyanov’s men for an even better second part of the season. For his efforts, Murphy was awarded Best defenseman honors for the KHL’s 12th week.

USA

Brian O’Neill

F, Jokerit, 4 G, 5 (1+4), +5

The Jokers are flying at the top of the Western Conference’s standings, and last week, they added points on the standings in all the games, even if they only had two regulation wins. The American forward had points in three matches, including a three-point performance in Jokerit’s 6:1 win in Moscow over Spartak. Naturally, Lauri Marjamaki’s men need O’Neill to keep up with this kind of production. The American veteran is currently leading Jokerit with 36 (7+29) points in 34 regular season games and is only trailing Dynamo Moscow’s captain Vadim Shipachyov in the overall scoring race. Expect O’Neill to soon become the third American player to break the 300-point mark in the KHL’s history.

Slovakia

Martin Bakos

F, HC Sochi, 3 G, 4 (3+1) points, +4

The Black Sea franchise is in excellent shape, and Martin Bakos has been one of its most dangerous weapons. Moreover, HC Sochi is currently on a four-game winning streak. The Slovak scorer had a goal when HC Sochi won in Novosibirsk on Nov 24, then had a three-point performance on Sunday, when the Black Sea franchise sank Admiral in a big 8:2 away win — it was Bakos’ sixth double in the KHL and the first with the HC Sochi jersey. Moreover, last week the forward surpassed Branko Radivojevic and became the third all-time KHL goal scorer from Slovakia with 68 career goals. Andrei Nazarov’s men are currently the eighth seed of the Western Conference, and they still have chance for a playoff qualification.

Finland

Veli-Matti Savinainen

F, Jokerit, 4 G, 3 (2+1) points, +4

The Finnish veteran was excellent for the Jokers — especially in Nov 26 home game against CSKA. After Sergei Plotnikov’s tally in the opening, Savinainen replied with a second period double, with both goals assisted by Denmark’s Nicklas Jensen. Moreover, he also had an assist when Jokerit triumphed over Spartak in Moscow (1:6) — again in the second period. The Finnish veteran has now 10 (5+5) points in 33 games, but for a player in his role and age, offensive production isn’t of paramount importance. Jokerit is currently leading the Western Conference, and Savinainen needs to get in his best shape in sight of the playoffs.

Sweden

Adam Almquist

D, Dinamo Minsk, 3 G, 3 (1+2) points, +3

The Belarussian side has struggled last week, albeit they had two consecutive SO losses — they won’t make wonders in the standings, but it’s still one point. In both games, Almquist reached the score sheet. The Swedish defenseman had an assist in Dinamo Minsk’s SO loss to Barys on Nov 23. Two days later, he had a helper and scored a goal in Magnitogorsk, but it wasn’t enough as Magnitka rallied back in the third period and achieved a SO win. However, the Belarussian side is still on the right side of the playoff line, and Almquist will be a critical part of the team as the regular season goes on.

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