The KHL season ended a while ago so the league is on its way to awarding the league’s best. While it’s still some ways away, the league polled its players to find out the standouts in three categories.
Most respected player:
The league has a long list of legends, some worldwide hockey stars. But who are the ones that players themselves respect the most?
A surprise to no one – Pavel Datsyuk was named the most respected player receiving 32 percent of the votes. One of the leagues brightest stars – Sergei Mozyakin came in second with 22 percent of the votes while Danis Zaripov came in third. Mozyakin is leading KHL in all-time points with 735. The top five was rounded out by Alexander Svitov and Vadim Shipachyov.
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A total of 100 players were named to this list according to the leagues’ press office. While it has some globally unknown names – for those that know the players – it comes with no surprise.
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5th place and appearing for the second time on any of the lists – Pavel Datsyuk. The Magic Man apparently can crack a joke and that earned him 3.5 percent of the total votes. Fourth place was awarded to the player who plays for a team that really suits the category – Jesse Joensuu of the Helsinki Jokerit squad. The podium’s third and second spot belongs to relatively unknown players – Maxim Goncharov (Spartak Moscow) and Vyacheslav Solodukhin (Salavat Julaev Ufa). While Chicago Blackhawks prospect – Andrei Altybermakyan won the category with 7 percent of the votes.
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Best Player of the Season
A KHL legend, a former NHL player, an NHL veteran player that recently came over to KHL, an NHL player that never was and an up-and-coming NHL star took the top-five spots in this category.
In fifth place with no surprise at all as the ”legend in decline” – Sergei Mozyakin. Linus Omark ended up 4th just 0.6 percentage points ahead of Mozyakin. Third place went to a debutant – Dmitrij Jaskin who played in the KHL for the first time. The 27-year-old took part in 58 games for Dynamo Moscow scoring 31 goals and recording 63 points.
A commanding victory was taken by Vadim Shipachyov – KHL’s highest-scoring player for the season. 2nd place with no surprise – KHL’s most talented player that will be making the jump to the NHL in a very near future – Kirill Kaprizov. It’s no secret to anyone that the player is close to signing his entry-level deal with the Minnesota Wild.