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Malkin, Yakupov win KHL weekly awards

Oct 29, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT

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Evgeni Malkin and Nail Yakupov captured one KHL weekly award apiece, according to the league’s release.

Malkin was named the best “attacker” after his red-hot week (three goals and six assists in just three games). Yakupov earned the best rookie nod thanks to some healthy sniping; he had three goals in two contests.

Malkin continues to climb the rankings of KHL top scorers overall this season.

Alex Radulov is currently on top with 28 points, yet Malkin already has 24 despite playing in five fewer games. Malkin’s also building on the aggression he showed in the NHL last season, firing a stunning 90 shots on goal in just 16 contests.

Yakupov doesn’t have the same balance between goals and assists (eight tallies, just three helpers), but the Edmonton Oilers should still be heartened to see early signs of him delivering as a dangerous goal-scorer.

In case you’re wondering, Vitaly Koval took goalie of the week while Alexander Osipov was named the best defenseman to round out last week’s KHL awards.

Other non-NHL weekly awards: Dan Ellis takes AHL’s honors

  1. jimw81 - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    James, finding it hard to post nhl stuff at this point?

  2. csilojohnson - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Malkin is stuck in beast mode. Hope it carries over into the 2020 NHL season.

  3. vanchuk - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Well that settles it; I’m ordering my “Alexander Osipov” jersey tomorrow! Who does he play for? And what number does he wear? Is it one of those upside down “h” things?

    • blomfeld - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:39 AM

      Vanchuk and company …

      Yeah, you pessimists sure talk the “big talk” now and all … but trust me friend, there’s going to be a “day of reckoning” coming soon when you pessimistic people will come to eat your own words !

      Earps = Optimists

      Clantons & McLaurys = Pessimists

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