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Flyers’ Alexei Kolosov Named Top 10 KHL Youngster for December

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Alexei Kolosov
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The KHL released its write-up for December’s ‘youngster report’, which featured a number of high-profile NHL prospects. Matvei Michkov was not on it, but Dinamo Minsk goaltender Alexei Kolosov represented the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kolosov, 22, was given a rating of 2.05, tying him with New Jersey Devils defense prospect Artem Barabosha for ninth.

The list was curated as follows: “Commentator for KHL TV channels and expert at KHL.ru, Anton Vasyatin, presents the top ten most prominent young players (U23) in the league based on their performance in the third month of the regular season.”

“The list is compiled based on the Player Ratings, which the League calculates using an extensive set of statistical metrics.”

Carolina Hurricanes prospect Alexander Nikishin was, by far and away, the highest-rated player, with a 3.54. Vasily Atanasov was second with a 2.51, and Montreal Canadiens prospect Bogdan Konyushkov was third with a 2.46.

The Flyers’ Kolosov was one of three goaltenders on the list. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sergei Murashov placed fifth with a 2.35, and 2024 NHL Draft-eligible Ilya Nabokov was seventh with a 2.16.

Of the Flyers prospect, Vasyatin had this to say: “In December, Dinamo Minsk achieved a three-game winning streak for the first time in a long while, with each victory coming in regulation. Dmitry Kvartalnov’s team owed much of this success to the performance of Alexei Kolosov between the piping. The young goalie delivered a strong performance in the first half of the month, consistently allowing no more than two goals per game. While the end of the month was slightly less successful, Kolosov’s presence in the goal helped Dynamo overcome HC Sochi. In total, the netminder secured four victories in seven matches, making several truly notable saves along the way.”

You can read the full report for every player on the list here.

For the Flyers, it’s worth noting that Kolosov is not necessarily playing at as high of a level as he was last year, though their scouts will have the final say. The numbers show that Kolosov’s record of 14-16-0 is improved from last year’s 13-21-5, as is his GAA, which is 2.46 and down from 2.55.

However, the Flyers prospect has a save percentage of .901, which is much lower than last season’s .912.

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