European Leagues

MHL Game Day: 9-4-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. Novgorod Jr. 2 (SO)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Hulking defenseman Oleg Sosunov was scoreless in Loko Jr.'s season opener, which was a 2-1 SO defeat at the hands of Novgorod Jr. After playing just 3 games at the MHL level last season, Sosunov is looking to make the leap to the top junior league in Russia full-time this year.

KHL Game Day: 9-4-16

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Nizhnekamsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the game's opening goal and a minor for slashing in 16:17 of ice time as SKA clobbered Nizhnekamsk 5-1. Captain Pavel Datsyuk had a goal in the victory for SKA, and his 4-3-7 thus far this season matches Gusev's production. Through 6 games, the club is averaging a gaudy 4.5 goals per game.

KHL Game Day: 9-2-16

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Togliatti 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and assist in 13:36 of ice time as SKA rolled over Lada Togliatti 5-1. Gusev is now over a point a game through five games, playing primarily on SKA's second scoring line alongside ex-NHLer Evgeny Dadonov and three time KHL All Star Vadim Shipachyov.

KHL Game Day: 8-30-16

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Kazan 6 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength assist in SKA's 6-5 SO loss to Kazan. The forward played 16:15 in the match and also converted on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Pavel Datsyuk had 2 goals and 3 points in the loss for SKA. Kazan got a helper from captain and former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov in their win.

KHL Game Day: 8-27-16

St. Petersburg 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was held off the scoresheet in 12:52 of ice time as SKA doubled up Magnitogorsk 4-2. Ex-NHL'er Slava Voynov had a pair of helpers for SKA in the win. Ex-Lightning pick Vasily Koshechkin took the loss for Magnitka.

KHL Game Day: 8-25-16

St. Petersburg 7 vs. Ufa 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev had SKA's capping goal in garbage time of their 7-1 rout of Ufa. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk led the way with a hat trick and three assists for St. Petersburg for the rare six point match.

KHL Game Day: 8-23-16

Chelyabinsk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev started off his season with a power play helper in 14:47 of ice time in SKA's 2-1 OT loss to Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-Lightning forward Paul Szczechura had a goal in the match for Traktor. The game marked the return of Russian superstar Pavel Datsyuk, who now wears the C for SKA, to his country's top league.

Sixth Round, 178th Overall, D Oleg Sonsunov

Name: Oleg Sosunov
Position: Defense
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: 13 APR 98
Club: Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B)
Loko Yaroslavl (MHL), 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B), 39 GP, 4-8-12, 66 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 0-2-2, 10 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"He’s a big fella out of Russia. Halfway through the season Kari Kettunen, our Finnish scout, he’s got some people that he knows in Russia and he got a phone call from one of the guys, saying ‘I have a guy here that I think somebody should come in and take a look at that I think is a little under the radar.’ So, Kari made a special trip Russia – secret agent 007 Kettunen -- went into Russia – Yaroslavl – took a look at him and came out and was very complimentary. Came back and we sent Anton Routa – another scout – in a separate trip to go take a look, and Anton confirmed Kari’s excitement that this is a big guy who skates really well and has some skill and is very raw. Both his parents were, I believe, Olympic athletes, and so he’s got a natural athletic background and he’s very coordinated for a big man. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to come to Development Camp; he’s in training camp with the Yaroslavl men’s team trying to get a spot within their organization, and with the short notice to try to get a Russian visa would have been difficult as well, so unfortunately people won’t see Oleg, but he’s a big man and we’ll see what happens going forward there." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-19-16

Koshechkin triumphant in his Bolt Prospects swan song...

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
CSKA 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 3
Magnitogorsk Wings the Gagarin Cup 4-3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 36/37, 1.00 GAA, .973 sv%
Playoff totals: 19 GP, 14-5-0, 3 SO, 1.57 GAA, .948 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Florida Everblades defenseman Chris Lee had 1 goal and 1 assist to help lead Magnitogorsk to a 3-1 Game Seven victory over CSKA in the Gagarin Cup Final. The Cup is Magnitka's second in the past three seasons and first under coach Ilya Vorobyov, who took over from ex-NHL coach Mike Keenan at mid season. Ex-Syracuse Crunch forward Geoff Platt had a helper in defeat for CSKA.

For Bolt Prospects, it's a bitter sweet moment. The Lightning organization gently alerted us at mid-season that the 33 year old Koshechkin is obviously no longer considered a real "prospect" by the organization. However, we made the editorial decision to continue coverage of Koshechkin through the end of the season, which he rewarded with a championship performance. In 19 playoff games, Koshechkin amassed an impressive 14-5-0 record with 3 shutouts, a 1.57 GAA, and a .948 sv%, which even bested his championship-winning playoff performance in the 2013-2014 campaign. Bolt Prospects salutes Koshechkin's career and congratulates him on yet another Gagarin Cup winning season.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-17-16

KHL Gagarin Cup Final
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. CSKA 3 (OT)
Series Tied 3-3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Loss, 30/33, 2.96 GAA, .909 sv%
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 13-5-0, 3 SO, 1.60 GAA, .946 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

There will be a Game Seven to decide it all in the KHL this season after ex-Capitals second rounder Mikhail Yunkov scored 1:40 into OT to lift CSKA to a 3-2 Game Six win over Magnitogorsk. The goal was Yunkov's second of the match. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of helpers in defeat for Magnitogorsk.

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