Each week, the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) salutes their Players of the Week. The top forward, defenseman, goaltender, and rookie are selected based on their statistics and performance, as determined by the KHL Statistics and Information Bureau.
For Week 6 of the KHL Season, the league recognizes:
Dmitry Makarov of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. The 28-year-old posted 10 points – four goals and six assists – in three games along with a +5 rating. Makarov leads the KHL in scoring with five goals and 16 assists for 21 points in 16 games.
Juuso Hietanen, also of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. The 27-year-old Finnish blueliner had three assists in three games last week, along with a plus-minus rating of +7. Hietanen is in his third season in the KHL, all with Torpedo.
Alexander Yeryomenko of Moscow Dynamo. In two games, the Russian backstop posted a .982 save percentage while allowing an average of 0.50 goals per game to lead Dynamo to the top of the early season standings. Through 13 appearances this season, Yeryomenko is fourth in goals against average (1.78) and ninth in save percentage (.936), with two shutouts.
Damir Zhafyarov of Metallurg Novokuznetsk. The 18-year-old Moscow native scored two points (one goal, one assist) and registered a +2 in three games. He has three goals and four assists for seven points in 18 games this season.
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