KHL Update – March 21 2018

Pat Quinn

2018-03-21

 

Welcome to another KHL update. It is back and better than ever, or more of the same. You decide!

 

I am not going to cover the KHL playoffs until the next update, except a few highlights, and am going to focus on the regular season and how it finished.

 

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First up current playoff news:

 

Isles goalie of the future Ilya Sorokin has currently taken the form of a human brick wall as he has five (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) shutouts in eight games, saving 164 of 164 shots for CSKA Moscow. That is Ludacris but take into account that it is the second best KHL team in a league where there are about eight good ones, and the other ~18 are average at best or awful.

 

The KHL’s U20 player record for points in the playoffs is split by both Evgeni Kuznetsov and Valeri Nichushkin with nine. 2018 draftee Vitaly Kravtsov currently has tied the record in eight games, and his team (Traktor) is currently down 2-1 to Salavat Yulaev, so he has plenty of more games to add to his total.

  • I think will drop to be a late first round pick because NHL teams still seem hesitant on drafting Russian players who play in the KHL early as they are never sure if they will come over

 

Super Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen has six points in nine games but his Jokerit team has to play against CSKA, so playing a goalie with a 0.976 save percentage will make it hard for Tolvanen to match the nine point record. Do not worry Preds fans his team is down 3-1 and it may mean he is in the NHL sooner than later.

 

Igor Shestyorkin has not had a sniff of playoff action in eight games, so pretty much the previous playoff season but worse as he at least got into a few games then.

 

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Let me start with some top point producers whose KHL contracts are up this off season, AKA notable people you should take a flyer on in keeper leagues:

  • Ilya Kovalchuck (UFA) – 63 points in 53 games
  • Nigel Dawes (UFA) – 55 points in 44 games
  • Linden Vey (right may still be owned by CGY or may be a UFA) – 52 points in 50 games (I would love Vey to come back, I feel he never got a proper NHL shot and hope