KHL.ru reviews the 2021-2022 season for each of the 24 league’s teams. Today it’s Sibir’s turn. The Novosibirsk side missed the playoffs in 2021, but this time the Andrei Martemyanov’s men could rehabilitate themselves in front of their fans. The team’s achievements — sixth place in the Eastern Conference and a hard-fought series against Salavat Yulaev — aren’t a bad result at all.

After missing the 2021 Gagarin Cup playoffs, Sibir entered the new season as an improved version of itself. It was hard to believe that at the start of the regular season. The team wasn’t doing particularly well, with just one win in six games. Then, however, Sibir stabilized their momentum and began to score consistently. As a result, the Novosibirsk side took sixth place in the East and just missed out on fifth place, which belonged to the team’s arch-rivals from Omsk.

Sibir faced Salavat Yulaev in the playoffs. The series was not very long, but was very intense. The Siberians fought to the end, but in some games, they were desperately short of realizing their chances. The 1-4 score doesn’t fully reflect the matches’ course. The third game of the series, which ended after two OTs, reflects that much better. And not only because Sibir won that game. The point is that the whole series was in fact like that: tight, full of tough moments, and difficult for both teams.

Best players

Valentin Pyanov

28 (11+17) points in 55 games

Pyanov became Sibir’s top scorer last season. He set a new personal record in points for the regular season and playoffs combined and had an excellent scoring streak at the end (5 straight games with points in the elimination stage).

Alexander Sharov

27 (15+12) points in 54 games

The statistics of Sibir’s top sniper are somewhat similar to those of the top scorer. Sharov updated his personal record for tallies in a season (his previous best was 14 goals in 2019-2020). He was consistently good both in the regular season and in the playoffs — the forward scored points in four playoff games of six. Just like Valentin Pyanov, Sharov finished the season with a plus-4 differential.

Nick Shore

26 (10+16) points in 49 games

Though Shore didn’t take part in the playoffs, he was the most productive player for Sibir in the regular season. The experienced and skilled center with an excellent nose for the net and solid play at the face-off dots (54.2%) was a big asset to his team.

Coaching

Andrei Martemyanov spent his second season as Sibir’s head coach. The first year was a bust — Sibir finished ninth in the East and didn’t make the playoffs — but the second season was much better. Sibir showed character throughout the season and had a nice fight in the first round of the Gagarin Cup playoffs.

The specialist, who is famous for his ability to squeeze the most out of his troops, looks organic in the club. Perhaps one could even say that he has found “his” own team.

Best game

One of the fiery Siberian derbies against Avangard, in November, ended 5-4 in favor Martemyanov’s men. The Novosibirsk club battled back from 0-2 to win 20 seconds before the final buzzer thanks to a goal from local hero Nikita Korotkov.

Young guns

Dmitry Ovchinnikov, one of the top talents in Sibir’ system, has not yet settled in at the KHL level. He had a good moment in the fall, scoring his debut goal, but then Ovchinnikov’s playing time dried up and he dropped out of the team’s lineup and decided to finish the season in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ system. He finished the season with 17 games, and 3 (1+2) points.

Defenseman Yegor Alanov, 21, also scored his debut goal in the regular season, but he showed his mettle as an offensive d-man in the playoffs, notching two goals in four games played. His peer forward Sergei Dubakin didn’t play in the playoffs, but he participated in 10 games during the season with 2 (1 +1) points, also netting his first KHL goal.

Offseason work

Sibir has been very active on the market. Vyacheslav Osinovin moved in from Traktor, while the management signed three good players from the VHL — goalie Denis Kostin, defenseman Ilya Pastukhov, and forward Anton Nazarevich. More precisely, Nazarevich formally moved to Siberia as a result of a trade with Dynamo Moscow, Anton played most of his season in the second-tier Russian league, with 29 (12+17) points in 44 regular season and playoffs games.

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