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Blackhawks European prospect report: Ivan Nalimov finally plays

The Russian goaltender made 22 saves in his season debut for HK Sochi.

Kontinental Hockey League: HC Sochi vs CSKA Moscow Photo by Dmitry Feoktistov\TASS via Getty Images

Andrei Altybarmakyan, LW (KHL, HK Sochi)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1A, 0 SOG, 2 PIM, 1 hit

Season stats: 15 GP, 2G, 4A, -1, 13 SOG, 21 PIM

Altybarmakyan didn’t play much this past week (7:41 vs. Jokerit, 5:48 vs. CSKA Moscow), but he made it count when he did. He had a primary assist on the power play on Sochi’s opening goal against Jokerit, but then took a roughing penalty with eight minutes remaining in the game. Sochi killed off the penalty then fell 3-2 in overtime.

Sochi fired head coach Sergei Zubov on Oct. 12 after a 5-11 start to the season and appointed Leonid Beresnev as interim head coach. Beresnev’s first game was a 2-0 loss to CSKA, the best team in the league.

Jakub Galvas, D (Liiga, Jukurit)

Weekly stats: 3 GP, 1A, 9 SOG, -5

Season stats: 12 GP, 1G, 7A, +6, 22:27 ATOI

Galvas has stepped right into Jukurit’s top pairing and flourished. He leads the team in scoring with eights points and is averaging more than 20 minutes per game. Jukurit dropped all three games last week, including a 4-0 loss to second-place Karpat.

Artur Kayumov, F (KHL, Lokomotiv)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1 PPG, 4 SOG, 0 PIM, -1

Season stats: 16 GP, 3G, 2A, 28 SOG, 2 PIM, -2

Kayumov, who has played on the third line, scored Lokomotiv’s lone goal on the power play in a 1-0 win over Sochi. His speed, puck handling and vision are still his best attributes.

Roope Laavainen, D (Liiga, HPK)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, +/- 0

Season stats: 10 GP, 1A, 4 PIM, -1, 12:13 ATOI

Laavainen played two of HPK’s three games this past week as he sat out the team’s 4-2 win over TPS. He was on the third pairing for HPK’s 2-0 win over Rungsted (Denmark) in Champions League and in a 2-1 win over Sport. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound defenseman is more of a defensive-minded blue liner so you won’t see him putting put points like most of Chicago’s prospects.

Ivan Nalimov, G (KHL, HK Sochi)

SKA St. Petersburg traded Nalimov to HK Sochi last week after he didn’t see any playing time. In his first start this season, Nalimov stopped 22 of 24 shots and held a shutout until the final three minutes of the second period when Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov tallied two goals, including one on the power play, in a 2-0 loss to CSKA Moscow.

Niklas Nordgren, RW (Liiga, HIFK)

Nordgren has yet to play due to a “health condition concern,” according to Scott Powers of The Athletic. He had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 15 Liiga games last season.

Wouter Peeters, G (EIHL, Guilford)

After being released from his tryout with Tappara in Liiga, Peeters joined the Guilford Flames in the United Kingdom’s Elite Ice Hockey League last week. He did not play in Guildford’s 6-2 win over Nottingham on Oct. 12.

Antti Saarela, C (Liiga, Ilves)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 0G, 0A, 1 SOG, +/- 0, 68.7 FO%

Season stats: 5 GP, 1G, 1A, +2, 0 PIM, 54.9 FO%, 9:57 ATOI

Saarela is Ilves’ third-line center and has seen a dip in the amount of faceoffs he’s taken per game, but in turn that’s led to more success. In September, he averaged a 48.28 percent success rate on 29 draws in two games. In October, he’s at a 63.64 percent success on 22 draws through three games. He’s more of a passer than a shooter, but he does have a slick wrister.

Max Shalunov, C (KHL, CSKA Moscow)

Weekly stats: 3 GP, 1 PPG, 0A, 6 SOG, 45.46 FO%

Season stats: 15 GP, 4G, 2A, 39 SOG, 8 PIM, +6, 50.6 FO%, 14:40 ATOI

Shalunov started off the week well with a power-play goal and a secondary assist but was 4-for-11 on faceoffs in CSKA’s 4-1 win over Amur. He matched his best performance at the dot this season by going 8-for-12 against Sochi. He’s slotted in the second-line center role for the reigning Gagarin Cup champions.

The Blackhawks still hold the rights to Victor Ejdsell after he returned to Sweden on a two-year contract with Färjestad BK. If you want Ejdsell updates, comment below otherwise he’ll be left out of this weekly update going forward.