Liiga Game Day: 9-23-14

HPK 1 vs. Assat 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen did not play in HPK's 2-1 loss to Assat. HPK currently sits mired in 11th in the 14 team Liiga.

KHL Game Day: 9-23-14

Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Novosibirsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 35/36, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 7-1-1, 2 SO, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%

Jan Kovar had a pair of goals and Danis Zaripov had 2 helpers to lead Magnitogorsk to a 2-1 win over Novosibirsk. Ex-Isles second rounder Mikko Koskinen made 21 saves in defeat.

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 2 PIM

Ex-Canadiens first rounder Andrei Kostitsyn made the only conversion of the shootout session to help Traktor Chelyabinsk top Yugra 4-3. Nikita Gusev failed in his shootout attempt and was -1 in 12:06 of ice time.

Liiga Game Day: 9-20-14

KalPa 3 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Ex-Blues 4th rounder Michal Bimer scored a tie breaking goal with less than 8 minutes to go in the Third Period to help KalPa sink HPK 3-2.

KHL Game Day: 9-20-14

Bratislava 1 vs. CSKA Moscow 4
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .895 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup in Bratislava's crushing 4-1 defeat by CSKA Moscow. CSKA got a goal and an assist from former Wings second rounder Igor Grigorenko.

KHL Game Day: 9-19-14

Khanty-Mansiysk 5 vs. Dinamo Riga 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 11:40 in Yugra's 5-2 pounding of Dinamo Riga. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar led the way with a pair of goals.

Sochi 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Win, 25/26, 1.01 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 6-1-1, 2 SO, 1.00 GAA, .960 sv%

Nashville second rounder Vladislav Kamenev potted the game-winning Third Period goal for Magnitogorsk in their 2-1 win over Sochi. Magnitogorsk currently sits in the top spot in the Eastern Conference and looks every bit the KHL defending champions.

Liiga Game Day: 9-17-14

HPK 6 vs. Karpat 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen did not dress as HPK defeated Karpat 6-2 to notch their first win of the season. Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill had a hat trick and a helper in the win.

KHL Game Day: 9-17-14

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev did not suit up for Yugra's 4-3 loss to SKA. SKA won the match on the strength of 4 First Period goals including 2 by former NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk.

Dynamo Moscow 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 27/27, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-1-1, 2 SO, 0.99 GAA, .960 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned away 27 shots and 2 of 2 shooters in the penalty shot session to defeat Dynamo Moscow 1-0. Danis Zaripov and Chris Lee both converted in the shootout to seal the win for Metallurg.

Who's Trending? (Part 4)

With today’s Part 4, we close the book on our late offseason Who’s Trending? series that examines rising or falling player values. As we’ve mentioned many times, the great part about hockey – and especially developmental hockey – is this is subject to change. This is The Afanasenkov Rule.

The series includes current prospects and players that started last season as prospects who remain in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

ICMYI: Part 1 (Prospects ranked 1-10), Part 2 (Prospects ranked 11-25), Part 3 (Unranked prospects)

Part 4: Recent Graduates

Liiga Game Day: 9-16-14

JYP 5 vs. HPK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen did not dress for HPK as they fell to 0-3 at the hands of a 5-3 defeat by JYP. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the win for JYP.

KHL Game Day: 9-16-14

Bratislava 0 vs. Cherepovets 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 3/5, 10.14 GAA, .600 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .895 sv%

Jaroslav Janus was lifted 11:50 into the First Period in Slovan's 3-0 shutout loss to Cherepovets. Johan Backlund stopped 20 of 21 for Bratislava the rest of the way.

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