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PROSPECTS: Shalunov Finishes as KHL's Postseason Goal Leader

Take a look at some of the top prospect performances over the last two weeks of action

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

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As the North American seasons wind down, European playoff campaigns are in full force, with Blackhawks prospects leading the way in crucial games across the globe. 

Take a look at some of the top performers across the organization over the last two weeks of action:

1. Maxim Shalunov

The forward was the KHL's leading goal scorer with 12 tallies in the 2021 playoffs as CSKA Moscow fell in Game 6 of the Gagarin Cup Final on Wednesday afternoon. Shalunov posted three points (2G, 1A) and led CSKA in goals during the best-of-seven Final over the last two weeks. He 18 points (12G, 6A) overall in 22 postseason contests. 

A fourth-round pick in 2011, Shalunov skated in 52 regular-season games for Moscow this season, scoring 18 goals and adding 17 assists. 

2. Lukas Reichel

Chicago's top pick from last year has a goal and two assists over Eisbaren Berlin's opening four games of the playoffs. He registered a helper in Berlin's opening 4-3 loss to Iserlohn on April 20 before scoring and assisting in a 6-0 win over Iserlohn two nights later as Eisbaren rebounded to take the opening round, 2-1. They are down 1-0 in the second-round series against Ingolstadt entering Wednesday's second tilt. 

Reichel has 31 points (11G, 20A) in 42 games overall this season in the top German league. 

3. Ivan Nalimov

The netminder has settled in during his first three games in North America, picking up a pair of victories in his last two outings -- a 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Wolves on April 17 and a 5-3 win over the Iowa Wild on Saturday. Nalimov stopped 23 and 36 shots, respectively, in the wins, while allowing three goals apiece. 

He has a .907 save percentage in his last two games after allowing six goals on 37 shots (.838 SV%) in his U.S. debut on March 27. The sixth-round pick from 2014 has spent the last seven seasons, including the first part of this year, in the KHL since being taken 179th overall by the Blackhawks. 

News and Notes:
  • Forwards MacKenzie Entwistle and Reese Johnson each have a goal and an assist over their last three games for Rockford. Johnson scored the opening goal and Entwistle the game-tying goal in the shootout win over Chicago on April 17. Each added an assist on the difference-making goals in the win over Iowa on Saturday. 
  • Anton Lindholm notched a pair of assists in his last two outings, his first two points on the season in AHL action. The defenseman has skated in eight contests for the IceHogs this year.
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