2015 just became history and the KHL, through its official site, published a very interesting statistical report. The report includes many interesting stats and is very detailed, albeit in Russian language. Just to start, 971 games were played throughout the year, with a total of 6,330,003 spectators, or an average attendance of 6,519. 715 players out of 1085 scored at least a goal, and 263 of them changed team. But of course there aren’t only the fancy stats to record.
The player with most goal scored was Sergei Mozyakin, with 41, while the one with most assists was Vadim Shipachyov, with 59 helpers. Alexander Radulov was the player with most points, with a total of 82. The list featured many prospects and former NHL players. Nigel Dawes‘ name appeared quite a few times. The former New York Rangers fifth round pick, and WJC gold medal, has been the player with most go-ahead goals (14), game-winning goals (9, tied with Mozyakin), and hat-tricks (2, tied with Mozyakin and Matt Ellison). Metallurg Magnitogorsk star Mozyakin resulted being also the player with most first period goals, second period goals, even-strength goals, powerplay goals, goals-per-game average.
The youngest player to score a goal was Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov, who was 17.76 years old. The oldest player was Vyacheslav Kozlov, with his 42.69 years almost 25 years older than Kaprizov. Kozlov is now an assistant coach for Spartak Moscow.
Another “youngest player” category that features another interesting NHL prospect is the youngest player to record a shutout. Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov had his first KHL shutout when he was just 18.67 years old.
I’m sure that at this point many are asking “What about Ilya Kovalchuk?” The former New Jersey Devils player, who gave Evgeny Dadonov the trophy of the Playoff MVP after receiving the award, resulted being the player with most shots (272) and the player with most presences for powerplay goals for his team (that is, he was on ice 54 times when SKA St. Petersburg scored a powerplay goal).
While keep on considering prospects, the player with the best saves percentage was Ilya Sorokin. Playing for CSKA Moscow, he stopped the .953 of the shots he faced. Quite a good result for a very young player like him.
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