Breakthrough players for 2018-19 season

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  1. MaxV

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    Annual tradition of pridicting players that might break out this upcoming season.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    From Slovak POV:

    - Marek Hrivik will have good season
    - 20 years old Marek Sloboda will surprise us with good numbers
    - Marek Ciliak, goalie from Slovan Bratislava, could have a good season

    But overall, i dont see there any Slovak player, that will make big splash into the league.
     
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    It will be interesting to see how Zernov, Varfolomeyev, Belousov do on better teams. Avangard's young forwards will have more recognition this season even though they were really strong last year as well, it's team's vets who struggled. There are a lot of young Ds (Fatkullin, Demidov, Dronov, Kudako, some others) will get a chance so hopefully, some of those will impress. Regarding forwards, however, I really don't know. Seems to be dry-ish year. Maybe some of Loko kids will legit break out.. Speaking about Loko kids, Polunin will have a really good chance to impress. We will see.

    Overall, fewer teams in the league mean fewer spots for young kids which is a bummer regarding this thread.

    There is some Igor Geraskin midget who scored 7 points in 20 games for Severstal last year as an 18 year-old so I will be checking that guy out when I get a chance, all things considered, he should easily make the team this year and he can score, evidently.
     
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    He didn't show much in KHL but I'm still expecting Manukyan to get some recognition. The dude tore apart MHL but apparently is too weak to become a monster in senior hockey. I know junior hockey is nothing to compare with seniors but I can't fathom how you can be consistently very good at junior levels and then disappear in the real thing. I'm far from being a decent scout but the fact that he was picked #186 overall in NHL draft is telling, albeit in a negative way. Since like 2014, I've been waiting for this guy to have 60pts seasons for Avangard and carry us to the title but nah. While he is still young, he shows no promise of getting better. I hope it will change because I still have faith in him.
     
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    Dronov is my sleeper pick. An absolute crime by NHL scouts to overlook this guy.
     
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    Definitely agree, but he is injured again, had a surgery and apparently will be out for quite some time.
     
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    He is not the luckiest of them for sure :(
     
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    He wouldn’t be a breakout necessary, but I think Chudinov has a career year.

    I honestly think SKA put shackles on him. They turned him into stay-at-home. He is more talented then what he has been so far. You could already see it towards the end of the season.
     
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    johan sundström is a monster, but he was injured last season.
     
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    Lets not forget he scored 35 points in the last season playing for Severstal, would be impressive to top that. Especially considering he probably won't be on the 1st PP unit with Pokka there.
     
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    Kuzmenko, I hope.
     
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    I don't know how much TOI they are going to get when the regular season comes but Dergachyov - Maltsev - Altybarmakyan line is looking pretty great in the friendlies for SKA.
     
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    Yeah, it’s SKA.
     
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    Even though he went through a rough summer with incompetent management I expect Kozun to have a big year for loko
     
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    You mean they will be playing for Spartak in a few weeks? :sarcasm:
     
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    Or not playing at all.
     
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    he will do fine...if they put him with good line mates and trust him.
     
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    I think Tolchinsky may have a good chance to break out, same as above - if put with good linmates
     
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    First game, first goal of the season for Geraskin. Just like in pre-season, he is holding in there on the line with Trubachyov and Vovchenko 5 on 5.
     
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    So after Kshahdoo updated me on good old KHL rules about youngsters on the roster I decided to make the list who are those guys KHL is forcing clubs to give minutes to:

    Avangard: Manukyan, Yeremchuk
    Avtomobilist: Rasseikin, Valitov
    Admiral: as immune to the rule as they are to debts
    Ak Bars: Kara
    Amur: Zaseda
    Barys: Polokhov, Orekhov
    Vityaz: Moiseyev
    Minsk: Litvinov, Drozdov
    Dinamo Moskva: Zaitsev, Pankratov
    Riga: Gegeris, Berzins
    Jokerit: none
    Kunlun: none
    Loko: Afanasyev, Kayumov, Ivanov, Denisenko, Kovalenko
    Magnitka: Olshansky, Platonov
    Neftekhimik: Shafigullin
    Salavat Yulaev: Lyakhov, Shen
    Severstal: Geraskin
    Sibir: Mikhailov, Morozov
    SKA: Maltsev, Nikolayev
    Slovan: Hedera, Liška
    Sochi: Starkov
    Spartak: Shalagin
    Torpedo: Veryaev
    Traktor: Kravtsov
    CSKA: Romanov

    Bolded guys are the ones who are getting some actual use (at least close to 10 minutes if not more). I will try to edit the list as the season goes on.
     
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    Loko is going with youth.

    I like it.
     
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    My homeboi Manukyan already with two goals in three games and +2. So happy for that kid. All those youth level punching shouldn't go unnoticed. I hope he keeps producing at a decent level and become a guy to be remembered in Omsk in future.
     
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    If speaking about Manukyan


    in ENG as well.
     
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    Well if anything, that video showed the challenges of coaching in Russia. You are trying to praise the team and all they get through the interpreter is "you have a day off, need to keep it up at home". Ok then.

    I don't know, maybe they don't trust the attention span of hockey players but come on man, they are paying you money, you can do better than 1 sentence for a paragraph.
     
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    I guess here is the right opportunity to mention Andrei Pribylskiy.
     

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