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Junior Hockey League has announced top players in three positions in both conferences for each month throughout the season. That process carried on in the Kharlamov Cup Playoffs as well, as three top players were selected after each round. It’s time to put all of that together. We present to you the 2018 All-Star Junior Hockey League team. We have taken in consideration players’ production and various statistics in the regular season and the playoffs. Players who were selected as best in their positions in the season also made the team. In the third part of the continuing series we’re going to take a look at the second 5-man unit.
Vladislav Rybakov (Loko Yaroslavl)
Stepan Grymzin (Mamonty Yugry)
Pavel Krutiy (Kunlun Red Star Junior)
Samat Daniyar (Snezhnye Barsy Astana)
Timraly Vakhrutdinov (Mamonty Yugry)
Yaroslavl traditionally don’t have a clear-cut leader but if you had to single out anybody from Lokomotiv major junior team, it would have to be Vladislav Rybakov, who topped the team in playoff scoring. 18-year-old forward won the Kharlamov Cup with Yaroslavl and is projected to be one of Loko top players next season. Lokomotiv head-coach Dmitry Kvartalnov is known for his zeal to working with young players and that’s why Rybakov may as well make his KHL debut next year.
Khanty-Mansiysk were one of the biggest surprises of the year and 19-year-old Stepan Grymzin, who was named the top forward of November, played a big part in that. Due to his excellent performance on Mamonty Yugry, Grymzin was called up to Ugra and scored his first career KHL goal this season. Overall, Grymzin played 56 games in Junior Hockey League, scoring 32 goals and notching 24 assists for a total of 56 points, topping Mamonty Yugry in goals. He was on Khanty-Mansiysk in points after Denis Yerkin and Vladimir Gaideik.
Kunlun Red Star Junior made their JHL debut this season and the core of their team consisted of Russian players, one of which was Pavel Krutiy. Former Khabarovsk forward instantaneously became the leader of the very multination team as he led the league in points for some time and deservedly was invited to compete for JHL Challenge Cup – Krutiy scored the first goal of the game, which was held in Astana. Krutiy also made his professional debut this year as played four games for Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang in the VHL, scoring one goal. Incidentally, on Kunlun Red Star Junior Krutiy was joined by his former Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk teammate Vladimir Zababurin.
The defenseman put his skill on display back at the Junior Club World Cup in Sverdlovsk Region as he scored four goals in six games. In the regular season he also led all Snezhnye Barsy Astana defensemen in scoring. Samat was named the top defenseman of November in the Eastern Conference and was invited to compete for JHL Challenge Cup. Overall he played 48 games in Junior Hockey League, scoring 11 goals and adding 14 assists for a total of 25 points. He was also a plus-7.
Aside from Stepan Grymzin, Mamonty Yugry are also represented on this all-star team by the top defenseman of the season. Timraly - translates as ‘Iron Man’ – has proven himself to be an excellent playmaker as he notched 27 assists in 55 games. Vakhrutdinov was named the top defenseman of the 2017-18 season and also led Junior Hockey League in plus/minus category with plus-45.