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

In January, the League’s teams played a total of 43 games, with 600 players (30 goalies, 203 defensemen, and 357 forwards) taking part in the action. The average goals-per-game was at 5.23.

Best goalie for the second time in his career was Simon Hrubec (Avangard), who won two of three games last month. He faced 83 shots, or 27.7 per night, posting a saves percentage of 95.18% and a goals-against average of 1.35. In the Jan 7 game against Dinamo Minsk, Hrubec posted his fifth shutout of the season. He was already awarded best goalie honors in November 2021.

Best defenseman for the first time in his career was Ilya Khokhlov (Severstal), who scored 6 (1+5) points in five games. The defenseman posted no negative ratings, with a plus-7 differential. Khokhlov also recorded six hits and blocked nine shots. It’s the first time that a Severstal blueliner is recognized with defenseman of the month honors.

Best forward for the first time in his career was Nikita Guslistov (Severstal), who scored 5 (3+2) points in four games. Guslistov posted no negative ratings, with a plus-5 differential. In the Jan 6 game against Kunlun Red Star (7:1), Guslistov potted a double, adding the game-winner in 3:2 OT win over Vityaz on Jan 11. Among Severstal forwards, Guslistov follows Vadim Shipachyov, who was awarded monthly honors on November 2011.

Best rookie for the third time in his career and this season was forward Arseny Gritsyuk (Avangard), who scored 3 (1+2) points in three games. Gritsyuk posted no negative ratings, with a plus-2 differential. Gritsyuk is the third player to be awarded rookie of the month three times, and the first one to do so within the regular season — Andrei Vasilevsky and Valery Nichushkin were awarded their third honor in March.

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