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Prospect of the Week: Artemi Kniazev (12/2)

by Nicola Karasik /

Artemi Kniazev has been selected as the 'Sharks Prospect of the Week' for the week of Dec. 2 after posting a goal in two straight games for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Kniazev, 18, earned 'First Star of the Game' honors on Dec. 6 after netting the first goal in the opening frame against the Acadie-Barhurst Titans. He scored on the power play the next day against the Charlottetown Islanders, which helped the Sagueneens to their 22nd win of the season. Entering Monday, Chicoutimi ranked first in the Eastern Conference and second place in the QMJHL standings.

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The blueliner was also named to the Canadian Hockey League's (CHL) 'Team of the Week' last week (Nov. 25-Dec. 1) after collecting one goal and five assists across three contests. Kniazev especially shined against the defending Memorial Cup champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Nov. 30 with a three-point outing (one goal, two assists), which tied his career high in a 7-3 victory.
So far this season, Kniazev has recorded 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) over 23 games played, and is tied for fifth on Chicoutimi in points and tied for third in assists.
During the 2018-19 campaign, Kniazev tallied 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) and a plus-11 rating in 55 games for the Sagueneens, finishing tied for fifth in goals amongst all teammates. Among Chicoutimi defenseman, Kniazev ranked second in points and tied for second in plus-minus rating. He finished seventh among rookie CHL blueliners in points-per-game (.62) and third among Chicoutimi rookies in points.
The five-foot-11, 176-pound native of Kazan, Russia was selected by San Jose in the 2019 NHL Draft (second round, 48th overall).

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