In the System: Kirill Marchenko is Lighting Up the KHL

By Jacob Nitzberg on December 6, 2020 at 9:17 am
Kirill Marchenko
SKA Ice Hockey Club
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In the System is your weekly Blue Jackets prospect report. We look at who's scoring, who's not, and who's stopping pucks.

Kirill Marchenko had quite the week, and he's looking more like a future NHL star every game he plays. Elsewhere, Robbie Stucker had an excellent debut for the University of Minnesota.

Let's take an in-depth look at what the last week held.

Kirill Marchenko

Marchenko, to put it lightly, is on fire. His skill with the puck is outstanding, and it was on display here in this shootout finish against former NHL goalie Anders Lindback.

Earlier in that game, he also scored SKA's only goal in regulation:

Then, yesterday, he scored a nifty wraparound to notch his tenth goal of the young season:

The Blue Jackets' second-round pick from 2018 looks better and better every time he plays.

Robbie Stucker

The 6'3" defenseman made his 2020 debut for the Minnesota Gophers, tallying two assists in his first game back. 

Stucker, a seventh-round pick back in 2017, is in his junior year at Minnesota.

Mikael Pyyhtiä

Pyyhtiä was named to Finland's preliminary World Junior Championship roster. 

Emil Bemstrom

Bemstrom's loan agreement with HIFK expired, which ended up being good timing because the Finnish Liiga postponed all scheduled games from December 3rd through December 19th due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the country. 

Below, you'll find an up-to-date chart of all Blue Jackets prospects that are currently playing.

2020-21 Season To Date, Skaters:

Prospect Draft Pick Current Team and League GP G A PTS
Mikael Pyythiä (C) CBJ, 4th Round, 2020 TPS U20 (U20 SM-sarja) 18 9 10 19
Kirill Marchenko (LW) CBJ, 2nd Round, 2018 SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) 26 10 8 18
Emil Bemstrom (RW) CBJ, 4th Round, 2017 HIFK (Liiga) 16 8 9 17
Daniel Zaar (RW) CBJ, 6th Round, 2012 Rögle BK, (SHL) 17 8 8 16
Yegor Chinakhov (RW) CBJ, 1st Round, 2020 Avangard Omsk (KHL) 27 8 7 15
Samuel Knazko (D) CBJ, 3rd Round, 2020 TPS U20 (U20 SM-sarja) 22 4 9 13
Dmitri Voronkov (C) CBJ, 4th Round, 2019 Ak Bars Kazan (KHL) 28 4 7 11
Ole Julian Bjørgvik Holm (D) CBJ, 5th Round, 2020 Manglerud (Norway) 14 2 6 8
Eric Hjorth (D) CBJ, 4th Round, 2019 Frölunda HC J20 (J20 Nationell) 14 2 4 6
Marcus Karlberg (RW) CBJ, 3rd Round, 2018 HC Vita Hästen (HockeyAllsvenskan) 20 2 4 6
Calvin Thürkauf (C/LW) CBJ, 7th Round, 2016 EV Zug (NL) 12 2 1 3
Samuel Johannesson (D) CBJ, 6th Round, 2020 Rögle BK (SHL) 17 1 2 3
Robbie Stucker (D) CBJ, 7th Round, 2017 Univ. of Minnesota (NCAA) 2 0 2 2
Kale Howarth (LW/C) CBJ, 5th Round, 2017 Univ. of Connecticut (NCAA) 2 1 0 1
Tim Berni (D) CBJ, 6th Round, 2018 ZSC Lions (NL) 11 0 1 1

2020-21 Season To Date, Goaltenders: 

Prospect Draft Pick Current Team and League GP SV% G.A.A.
Daniil Tarasov CBJ, 3rd Round, 2017 Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)  5 .909 2.16 
Veini Vehviläinen CBJ, 6th Round, 2018 JYP (Liiga)  13 .896 3.18
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