Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the Room To Grow series, in which we take a look at every team of the 11th season. Last year’s runners-up Avto Yekaterinburg were consistently good throughout the regular season, made the playoffs but failed to get past the opening round.
4th place in the East, 89 points in 64 games, 209 goals scored, 133 goals allowed
After an incredible ‘silver’ season, in which Yekaterinburg were literally just a few shifts away from hoisting the Kharlamov Cup, Avto automatically was considered as one of the conference favorites and managed to live up to the expectations. Head-coach Vitaly Solovyov once again was able to fit in the rookies into his lineup and skillfully rotated players within the club system dealing them to KHL’s Avtomobilist and VHL’s Gornyak Uchaly. In the end, his team finished the regular season just two points behind the 3rd place, as it was occupied by Irbis Kazan. However, Yekaterinburg were unable to put together another deep playoff run. Avto had the advantage early in the series against Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk but it went to Game 5 and the ‘Polar Bears’ prevailed.
Previous post-season hero goaltender Vladimir Galkin played just four games in Junior Hockey League this season but made his long-awaited debut for Yekaterinburg’s pro team. It was up to Georgy Romanov to guard the net in the lion’s share of games. Vladimir Sartakov and Mikhail Isayev played much less. Daniil Zaitsev put up impressive numbers for a defenseman as he scored 6 goals and notched 26 assists for 32 points. He was invited to compete for JHL Challenge Cup along with another Avto defenseman Yuri Salov. Konstantin Suslov led the team in points for a long time but in the end he was surpassed by Vladislav Bukharov, Ilya Loza and Ilya Zakharov. The latter played just 37 games in Junior Hockey League this season and yet managed to score 16 goals and add 30 assists for a total of 46 points.
Top-scorer: Vladislav Bukharov – 55 (33 goals, 22 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Vladislav Bukharov – 33 goals
Most assists: Ilya Zakharov – 30 assists
Top defenseman: Daniil Zaitsev – 32 (6 goals, 26 assists) points, plus-31
Starting goaltender: Georgy Romanov – 43 games, 23 wins, Goals Against Average – 1.91, Save Percentage – 0.939 on average per game
Avto Yekaterinburg dressed 37 players in the 2019-20 Parimatch Junior Hockey League regular season – 4 goaltenders, 13 defensemen and 20 forwards.
No player was dressed for all regular season games. Ilya Loza led the team with 63 games.
The most productive line – Bukharov-Zakharov-Loza. The line combined for 27 goals.
Avto Yekaterinburg opened scoring 28 times and allowed the first goal of the game on 36 occasions.
Konstantin Suslov led Avto Yekaterinburg in penalty minutes with 61.
Average player age – 18 years and 261 days.