In the System: Kirill Marchenko Heats Up, Yegor Chinakhov Named KHL Rookie of the Month

By Jacob Nitzberg on November 1, 2020 at 9:48 am
Yegor Chinakhov
Avangard Omsk
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That Yegor Chinakhov pick sure looks better and better every day, doesn't it?

This week, Chinakhov was named KHL Rookie of the Month for the second consecutive month. Kirill Marchenko has been heating up, and Emil Bemstrom is playing quite well. 

Let's take a look at what the season has held so far for Blue Jackets prospects.

Kirill Marchenko 

Marchenko has tallied 6-4-10 in 14 games with SKA St. Petersburg at the KHL level, and 3-4-7 in two games with SKA-1946 St. Petersburg at the MHL level. He started the season cold, but he's been on fire recently. 

Emil Bemström

Bemstrom went over to Liiga to stay sharp and work on his game for the upcoming NHL season, and he's certainly done that. In 12 games with HIFK, he's scored seven goals paired with five assists. In the play below, he makes a game-saving block at one end of the ice, then scores the game-winning goal at the other end nine seconds later. Sounds exactly like what John Tortorella wants to see. 

Yegor Chinakhov 

Chinakhov, 19, was named the KHL's Rookie of the Month for the second-straight month, quite an impressive feat. He's tallied 6-6-12 in 19 games with Avangard Omsk while playing against grown men every night.

Veini Vehviläinen 

The Finnish netminder has had his struggles with JYP in Liiga this season, posting just a .907 save percentage and a 2.73 goals-allowed-average. His stats are a slight improvement from last year with the Cleveland Monsters, though, when he notched a .901 save percentage and 2.76 goals-allowed-average.

Mikael Pyyhtiä

Pyyhtiä, the Blue Jackets' fourth round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing well at the U20 level for TPS (Liiga). He's notched 8-10-18 in 15 games with the club at the age of 18.

Other Skaters:

Prospect Draft Pick Current Team and League GP G A PTS
Samuel Knazko (D) CBJ, 3rd Round, 2020 TPS U20, U20 SM-sarja 19 4 7 11
Daniel Zaar (RW) CBJ, 6th Round, 2012 Rögle BK, SHL 11 4 6 10
Dmitri Voronkov (C) CBJ, 4th Round, 2019 Ak Bars Kazan, KHL 17 3 3 6
Ole Julian Bjørgvik Holm (D) CBJ, 5th Round, 2020 Manglerud, Norway 8 1 5 6
Eric Hjorth (D) CBJ, 4th Round, 2019 Frölunda HC J20, J20 Nationell 13 2 3 5
Marcus Karlberg (RW) CBJ, 3rd Round, 2018 HC Vita Hästen, HockeyAllsvenskan 9 1 3 4
Calvin Thürkauf (C/LW) CBJ, 7th Round, 2016 EV Zug, NL 7 2 1 3
Samuel Johannesson (D) CBJ, 6th Round, 2020 Rögle BK, SHL 11 1 1 2
Tim Berni (D) CBJ, 6th Round, 2018 ZSC Lions, NL 11 0 1 1

Other Goaltenders: 

Prospect Draft Pick Current Team and League GP SV% G.A.A.
Daniil Tarasov CBJ, 3rd Round, 2017 Toros Neftekamsk (VHL), Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) 2 (VHL), 3 (KHL) .906 (VHL), .902 (KHL) 2.50 (VHL), 2.69 (KHL)

Many of the Blue Jackets prospects that play their trade in America or Canada haven't seen their seasons start yet, so this report is a little light for now. Hopefully, it'll be a little longer in the near future.

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