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Chicago Blackhawks' hidden Russian gem earns major award in KHL


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May 9, 2024  (4:38 PM)
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Rising hockey star Roman Kantserov is making waves in the KHL, earning a spot as one of the top three contenders for the league's Rookie of the Year award.

The young forward, who was chosen in the second round of the 2023 NHL Draft by Magnitogorsk Metallurg, has shown impressive skill on the ice.
During the regular season, Kantserov scored 8 goals and provided 7 assists over 53 games. However, his performance soared in the playoffs where he not only scored four goals but also delivered three game-winning shots, adding nine assists to total 13 points across 23 playoff games.
Kantserov, who turns 20 in September, recently committed to staying in Russia for a few more years by signing an extension with the KHL.
Though he plans to continue his career in Russia for now, there is a strong expectation that he will join the NHL once his contract in the KHL concludes.
Competing alongside Kantserov for the rookie honor are two other young talents who are candidates for the 2024 NHL Draft: defenseman Anton Silayev and goaltender Ilya Nabokov.
Each finalist brings a unique set of skills to the table, making this year's Rookie of the Year race particularly exciting.
Kantserov's nomination not only highlights his individual talents but also underscores the global pathway for emerging hockey players, marking him as a player to watch in the coming seasons.
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