To mark the end of the first round of the playoff stage of the Championship – the Conference quarter-finals - the Kontinental Hockey League has named the best players of the round in four categories.

Best goaltender was Ilya Sorokin (CSKA), who played in every game and helped his team race to a 4-0 series win, not least by keeping Jokerit off the scoreboard in the decisive Game 4 in Helsinki. The 21-year-old recorded a goals against average of 1.33 - the best figure of any goalie in the League - and a save percentage of 94.50;

Best defenseman was Jonas Ahnelov (Avangard), who appeared in all six games against Admiral and finished the series with 4 (3+1) points. The Swedish D-man did not receive a single negative rating on his way to earning a +10 for the quarter-final – the best +/- fingure of any player in the League,

Best forward was Brandon Kozun (Lokomotiv), who scored points in four of his five games in the Yaroslavl men’s 4-1 series triumph over Dinamo Minsk. The 26-year-old Canadian has already racked up 10 (1+9) points, making him the top scorer in the 2016-17 playoffs, and he also contributed 9 hits during the series;

Best rookie was Traktor forward Vitaly Kravtsov, who featured in all six games of the series against Barys, averaging 5 minutes 19 seconds of ice time and contributing 2 blocks and 3 hits. Kravtsov also scored against the Astana men in Game 1, which, at the tender age of 17 years and 2 months, makes him the youngest goal-scorer in the history of the Gagarin Cup playoffs.

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