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FUTURE WATCH: Oilers prospects continue to impress in KHL

Samorukov selected as the top rookie from opening week while Konovalov earns another impressive victory between the pipes

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - A pair of Oilers prospects continue to impress in the early stages of the 2020-21 KHL regular season.

Defenceman Dmitri Samorukov was selected as the top rookie from the first week of action, while goalie Ilya Konovalov is currently one of the league's top puck-stoppers with two wins in two starts.

Samorukov, drafted 84th overall by the Oilers in 2017 and signed to an entry-level contract that September, has one goal and a +2 rating through four games with CSKA Moscow while averaging 18:03 TOI per game.

Konovalov, selected 85th overall by the Oilers at the 2019 NHL Draft, followed up his 30-save performance in the season opener with a 34-save gem on Wednesday as Lokomotiv Yaroslavl is 3-0 to start the year.

The 22-year-old puck-stopper is already in his third KHL season and currently ranks fourth in save percentage among goalies with more than one start at .941 to go along with a 2.00 goals-against average.

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