“Vanguard” is very powerful has started this season. Having played two away games against strong clubs in the Western conference, Moscow “Dynamo” and “Locomotive”, has a goal difference goals against 9-1. “Severstal” also have given a good start. Whether Cherepovets club to stop the “avant-garde”, and at the same time to interrupt an unpleasant series of home games against the hawks?
- Personal meetings
- The coefficients and forecast
In the past season, the functionaries of the KHL decided to rid the League from the ranks of the clubs, in their opinion futile. At the rink reform League came Togliatti “Lada”, Novokuznetsk “metallurg” and “Yugra” from Khanty-Mansiysk. Thus, the League broke up with a landmark in the history of Russian hockey “Lada” and “Smithy”, who will now compete in the KHL. Cherepovets “Severstal” was also in this “hit list” and had quite a big chances to start this season in the KHL.
However, the works of the press service, the quality of the work which also affects the attractiveness of the club to the League and sport performance (getting into the playoffs), kept Severstal in the KHL.
But there are no guarantees that next season, “Severstal” will remain in the KHL. So this season head coach Alexander Gulyavtsev and his team would be good again to get a ticket to the playoffs. Only it will not be easy and definitely harder than last season. The reason for that is the translation of Nizhny Novgorod “torpedo” to the East. But this team will clearly be to qualify for top 8.
While in the offseason transfers Severstal can hardly be described as successful. Left the team the leader of the “Severstal” Dmitry Kagarlitsky, continuing his career in the Moscow “Dynamo”. Perfectly spent last season, the Slovak goalie Julius hudacek was “Spartak”.
Some way to compensate for these losses could. Was signed Czech goalie Dominik Furch from the Avant-garde defenders Denis Kulyash from Avtomobilist, Arturs Kulda is back in the NHL from Sparta Prague, forwards Nikolai Lemtyugov from Avangard, Zach Boychuk from the NHL, Carter Ashton from “Frets”.
Ashton almost all missed last season due to injury, playing only 6 matches. The situation is similar at Lemtyugov, who has played only 13 matches. It is unlikely that after such a long break they will quickly rediscover their form. Kulesza lately can hardly be considered enhancement. More precisely, it is difficult to predict at what level he will play.
Definitely replace Kagarlitsky is unlikely to succeed such transfers and in attack can be difficult. While the good performance of the team.
Severstal somewhat unexpectedly scored 3 points in 2 matches, having beaten “Siberia” 3:2 and losing in overtime “Salavat Yulaev” 4:5.
Avangard was forced this season to move to Balashikha and with this was associated a big problem for the team. In fact all the matches out of the guest, and the process of moving is very troublesome.
But the team started the season just fine and immediately began to be considered as the main competitor Western tops SKA and CSKA in the fight for the Gagarin Cup.
In the first round of the “Avangard” has not left chances “the locomotive” in Yaroslavl, having achieved a confident victory 4:0. In the second round was “crushed” Dynamo Moscow 5:1 in the “Megasport Arena”.
The possibility of equal competition with SKA and CSKA is not only based on these results. The team had a very good transfer job.
Headed “avant-garde” canadian specialist Bob Hartley, who fifteen seasons, worked as a head coach in the NHL (with “calgary”, “Colorado”, “Atlanta” was such a club, who knows).
Bob Hartley is building a team mostly relying on their compatriots. Was signed on 4 canadian: forwards Maxime Talbot, David Deane, Chris Versteeg, defender Cody Fransson.
Deane, Fransson, Versteeg played in the NHL more than 500 matches each. David Deane can become a major star in the NHL this season.
In addition, was signed two anguelova, Finn Ville Pokka and Alexei Emelin. It is also worth noting the signing of CSKA striker Kirill Petrov and goalkeeper Kari Ramo from “Jokerit”. The truth here is Kari Ramo was injured and while “Avant-garde” will have to do without him. Igor Bobkov and Alexei Murygin protect the gate at a time.
It should be noted that “vanguard” quite successfully plays in Cherepovets.
Severstal — Avangard — 1:3
“Severstal” — “Avant-Garde” — 0:2
“Severstal” — “Avant-Garde” — 3:4
Severstal — Avangard — 1:2
The coefficients and forecast
Severstal successfully started, but the potential of the team is clearly inferior to his today’s opponent. Avangard started the season more convincingly than, literally destroying teams that are ranked among the favorites in the Western conference. Personal meetings are again very revealing demonstrate the advantage of the “Avant-garde”.