Category Archives: KHL

KHL Developments: A Quick Note

The KHL’s Board of Directors met today, and while there were no massive new announcements, there were some very interesting updates on the league’s general plan of development. We’ll talk in more detail about what transpired in next Monday’s KHL news notes, but for now here are the highlights:

  • Most notably, the KHL released some information about the “hard” salary cap and salary floor that will be coming into force next season, including the details of what will and will not count towards determining whether a team is in compliance.
  • The league is continuing its move towards smaller rinks, and all but two clubs next season will be either on the “Finnish” size of ice of ice surface (28 m. x 60 m.) or the NHL size (26 m. x 60 m.).
  • The KHL and NHL have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding on the subject of contracts.

There were also some updates on the KHL’s anti-doping measures, and on the league’s collection of data, both of the on-ice and marketing varieties. As I said, we’ll talk about everything in more detail next Monday, but for now you can find more info in the story linked at the start of this little post.

A Walk Through the KHL: December 10th, 2019

Google doodle in honour of the 101st birthday of famous CSKA Moscow and Soviet national team head coach Anatoli Tarasov. (Image Source)

Yesterday’s games marked the last KHL action before the second break in the 2019-20 schedule, with matches set to resume on December 17th. That means international play, and the Channel One Cup, the Russian leg of the men’s Euro Hockey Tour, starts later this week. In the next couple of days, we’ll talk about Russia’s roster for that tournament, as well as some other international hockey goings-on, but now it’s time for KHL news notes. Read on; we’ve got a note or two per team, and some words on the latest developments in the Vitali Kravsov saga.

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The KHL's Youth Brigade in 2019-20: Mid-Season Report

Severstal Cherepovets’ 20-year-old Slovakian forward Adam Liška, who led all KHL junior-age players in goals and total ice-time in the first half of this season. (Image Source)

With this post, we wrap up our series of mid-season reports on young player usage in the KHL in 2019-20. Last time, we looked at the overall numbers for the league’s 24 teams; now, we will look at the entire group of junior-age skaters in the KHL. Read on, and we’ll break down the group by position and year of birth.

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Junior Players in the KHL, 2019-20: A Look at the Teams

Dinamo Minsk’s 20-year-old defenceman Vladislav Yeryomenko has seen a lot of ice-time this fall and winter, as have a number of his team-mates. (Image Source)

We move along this evening in our look at the junior-agers in the KHL, and this time we’ve got some fact and figures about teams’ usage of young skaters overall during the first half of the 2019-20 season. Which teams gave lots of ice-time to their youngsters (there’s a clue in the image above), and which did not? And which team got the most points from their junior-age skaters? The answers are below, so read on…

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A Walk Through the KHL: December 3rd, 2019

Traktor Chelyabinsk’s video to say goodbye to longtime netminder Vasili Demchenko, who is off to Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

There is a lot to get through in this edition of the KHL news notes! We have players of the week (Week 12), players of the month (November), and the release of the fan-voting results for the KHL All-Star Game in January! But this one is really all about the goalies; three well-known KHL ‘tenders changed teams in the past week, while two of their highly-rated young netminding colleagues made their league debuts. Read on!

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Junior-Agers in the Kharlamov Division (Mid-Season Report)

Traktor Chelyabinsk’s prodigal forward Vitali Kravtsov, who has returned to a team where young players are already getting a lot of looks in the lineup. (Image Source)

And herewith we wrap up the divisional portion of our mid-season look at the KHL’s young skaters. Last, but by no means least, on the docket is the Kharlamov Division of the East Conference, which means that we will be discussing Ak Bars, Avtomobilist, Metallurg, Neftekhimik, Sibir, and Traktor. There are some spectacular young skaters coming along in this division, plus a truly unique approach to young-player usage at Avtomobilist, so read on!

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Junior-Agers in the Bobrov Division (Mid-Season Report)

SKA’s Vasili Podkolzin — an eagerly-watched young forward on both sides of the ocean(s)! (Image Source)

This is the third in our division-by-division peeks at the use of junior-age skaters in the KHL, season 2019-20. We’re back in the West Conference for this one, checking in with the clubs of the Bobrov Division, namely Dinamo Riga, Dynamo Moscow, Jokerit, Severstal, SKA, and Spartak. In general, this division has trotted out a lot of young players this season, including a couple of highly-anticipated NHL draft-picks, so read on!

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Junior-Agers in the Chernyshev Division (Mid-Season Report)

Salavat Yulaev forward Rodion Amirov in action for Russia at the U18 Worlds this past spring. He just turned 18 in October, but has seen a fair amount of KHL time in 2019-20. (Image Source)

Onward, with the “young skaters in the 2019-20 KHL” series! We began last time with the Tarasov Division, and his time, we’re in the Far East (partially), looking at the teams of the Chernyshev Division: Admiral, Amur, Avangard, Barys, Kunlun Red Star, and Salavat Yulaev. Which team has given a lot of games to a 2002-born defenceman, and which has not used any junior skaters at all this season? Read on…

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Junior-Agers in the Tarasov Division (Mid-Season Report)

CSKA Moscow’s impressive young defenceman Alexander Romanov. (Image Source)

A couple of months ago, we took a look here at the KHL’s interesting rules on the use of junior-age skaters (to recap, ever-so-briefly: KHL teams get two extra lineup spots per game to be used for skaters in the U20 category, although there’s a lot more to it than that). Now, with half a season’s worth of data in the books, it’s time to take a look and see how teams are making use of those rules. Which teams tossing their young skaters into the KHL fray with wild abandon, and which are taking the more conservative and restrained approach to development? And who are these young players anyway? Read on, as we start by casting the eye over the situations at CSKA, Dinamo Minsk, Lokomotiv, Sochi, Torpedo, and Vityaz…

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A Walk Through the KHL: November 25th, 2019

Salavat Yulaev Ufa’s Nikita Soshnikov celebrates a goal… he’s been doing a fair bit of that in 2019-20! (Image Source)

It’s Monday, and that means a pleasant stroll to see what each of the KHL’s 24 teams has been up to over the last little while! Read on, therefore, for some player moves, a milestone or three, and the answer to the burning question: which KHL player has drawn the most penalties this season? The answer may surprise you, as they say…

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