CALGARY, AB -- Pavel Karnaukhov started the 2015-16 WHL season off slowly but his offensive production has picked up in October, including a three-point run last week.
The Belorussian forward potted his second goal of the year last Thursday and collected two assists on Sunday, when the Hitmen snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-1 victory over the Regina Pats.
Karnaukhov, the Flames' fifth round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, now has five points in nine skates. Prior to being assigned to the Hitmen on Sept. 20, he played in all three games at the 2015 Young Stars Classic, recording a pair of helpers, and scored two goals and one assist in the Flames 5-1 win over the University of Calgary Dinos on Sept. 16.
"It was a great experience, but I’m happy to be back," Karnaukhov said of his time at the Flames training camp.
"It was a big step to play against bigger and stronger players, but I learned a lot and now I’m really looking forward to helping the Hitmen win this season."
Karnaukhov and the Hitmen head out on a four-game road trip this week, taking on Prince George, Kamloops, and Kelowna.