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Neftekhimik is back on the right side of the playoff line thanks to his goalie, and Traktor keeps on flying high in the standings helped by its international legion. presents the best players from each country.


Frans Tuohimaa

G, Neftekhimik, 3 G, 2 W, 96.15%, 1.22 GAA

Neftekhimik has been hot lately. After losing five times in a row, the Wolves won fifth of their latest six games, with Tuohimaa starring between the pipes. The Finn goalie is at his first season in the KHL, and despite being not at his best in October and November, he’s now back on track and leading Neftekhimik to a second postseason qualification in three years. The Wolves are currently the East’s seventh seed, and Tuohimaa’s merits are evident. For his efforts, the Finn netminder has been awarded Goalie of the week honors.


Steven Kampfer

D, Ak Bars, 3 G, 6 (3+3) points, +2

Another player with a solid KHL debut season is USA’s Steven Kampfer. The Ak Bars defenseman is having a tremendous year in Tatarstan, and last week he was again one of the top players for his side. After the Euro Hockey Tour pause, Ak Bars won two games from three last week, and lost to Severstal in OT. Kampfer started off his week potting a double in Kazan’s 5:1 thumping of Traktor. He then had multi-point games against Barys (5:3) and Severstal (3:4 OT). Kampfer currently trails only Dmitry Kagarlitsky in Ak Bars’ scoring race, and was awarded Defenseman of the week honors.


Peter Cehlarik

F, Avangard, 3 G, 4 (1+3) points, +6

The Slovak’s season has been up and down, but this week was a positive one for Cehlarik. The Hawks’ forward is currently on a three-game scoring streak, with three straight wins for Avangard. Most importantly, Cehlarik netted the game-winner in Thursday’s victory over Metallurg. In the third period, the Hawks were down by a man when Vladimir Bryukvin exited the penalty box. Cehlarik picked up the puck and served his teammate, who rushed ahead and shot. Metallurg’s Juho Olkinuora rejected Bryukvin’s attempt, but Cehlarik picked up the rebound at full speed, kicked the puck to his blade and put it in the empty net for his 14th tally of the season. Bob Hartley will need Cehlarik’s offensive skills as the playoff approaches.


Roman Will

G, Traktor, 2 G, 2 W, 95,31%, 1.50 GAA

The Czech netminder was again excellent for Traktor after the Chelyabinsk side had to find a solution after the heavy 1:5 loss in Kazan. In the next two games, Will was nothing short of excellent, stopping 37 shots in Traktor’s 6:1 home win over Severstal and adding another 24 when Chelyabinsk defeated Barys at home on Saturday (4:2). In his second season in the league, Will is posting even better numbers than last year, and he will be a critical part of the team in the playoff.


Lawrence Pilut

D, Traktor, 3 G, 4 (0+4) points, +2

The Swedish defenseman is yet to post his first tally this season, but he did have a hat-trick of assists in Traktor’s big 6:1 win over Severstal on Thursday, ending the game with a plus-3 differential. The Swedish mobile d-man was excellent for Chelyabinsk that night, helping Vitaly Kravtsov opening the score in the first period and adding a pair of helpers in the middle frame. Pilut also had an assist in Traktor’s losing effort against Ak Bars on Tuesday (1:5).

Traktor is currently travelling in the Eastern Conference’s second place — it will be critical for them to have Pilut playing as he did last year, and this week, he was very good for Chelyabinsk.

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