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Blackhawks European prospect report: Ivan Nalimov is finding his rhythm

The Russian goaltender has only allowed three goals in last three starts.

Kontinental Hockey League: HC Sochi vs Kunlun Red Star Beijing Photo by Dmitry Feoktistov\TASS via Getty Images

Blackhawks goalie prospect Ivan Nalimov only played one game this past week, but he made it count with a 19-save shutout in Sochi’s 2-0 win over HC Kunlun Red Star. After being traded from SKA St. Petersburg to Sochi, he struggled to settle in a bit and now he’s found his rhythm. He’s only allow three goals in his last three starts, including the shutout last week, to improve to 2-3 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

Andrei Altybarmakyan, LW (KHL, HK Sochi/VHL HK Tambov)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 2 SOG, 3 BLS

Season stats: 17 GP, 2G, 4A, 13.3 SOG%, -1, 9 hits, 6 BLS, 21 PIM, 11:43 ATOI

Altybarmakyan was scoreless in two KHL games this week after his three-game VHL stint. He blocked two shots in 15:56 minutes of ice time in against Dinamo Riga in his first KHL game since Oct. 13 then had two shots on goal and one blocked shot in 9:54 against Kunlun.

Victor Ejdsell, C (SHL, Färjestad BK)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1G, 2 PIM, 1 hit, -1, 5 BLS

Season stats: 14 GP, 5G, 5A, 4 PIM, 9 hits, +13, 5 BLS, 16:21 ATOI

Ejdsell scored his fifth goal of the season and was on the ice for one goal against in Färjestad BK’s 5-2 loss to Orebro. He then had two shots on goal, one hit and served one penalty in a 4-1 win over Djurgardens. He’ll probably not return to North America, but it’s worth following along to see some SHL action.

Mathias From, W (HockeyAllsvenskan, Modo)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1G, 1A

Season stats: 16 GP, 3G, 5A, 6 PIM, +8, 12:55

From had a goal and a primary assist in Modo’s big 9-3 win over Sodertalje. He’s seventh on the team in scoring with 11 points and tied for fifth with five goals (three game winners). He’s certainly maximizing his minutes.

Jakub Galvas, LH-D (Liiga, Jukurit)

Weekly stats: 3 GP, 1A, 5 SOG, -1, 2 PIM

Season stats: 19 GP, 1G, 9A, -7, 6 PIM, 20:58 ATOI

After going four games without a point, Galvas found the scoresheet with a long stretch pass in Jukurit’s 3-2 loss to Lukko. It was also the first game of the season his ice time dipped below 17 minutes. He has a team-high nine assists and is tied for second in points with 10.

(Note: The season stats of ice time and games played in the tweet do not include Galvas’ third and final game of the week.)

Artur Kayumov, W (KHL, Lokomotiv)

Weekly stats: 3 GP, 2A, 1 SOG, +1, 2 BLK

Season stats: 24 GP, 4G, 5A, 11.1 SOG%, 4 PIM, +4, 6 hits, 14 BLK, 15:44 ATOI

Kayumov had one assist with a slick pass from behind the net against SKA St. Petersburg, but did not record a shot for the second straight game. He’s put at least one shot on net in all but four games this season. He’ll likely surpass his 13-point total from last season.

Roope Laavainen, RH-D (Liiga, HPK)

Weekly stats: 1 GP, +1, 15:46 TOI

Season stats: 14 GP, 2A, 4 PIM, -1, 11:25 ATOI

Laavainen recorded a plus-1 rating in 15:46 minutes in HPK’s 5-1 loss to KooKoo. The defensive-minded defenseman is still holding down his spot on the third pairing.

Niklas Nordgren, RW (Liiga, HIFK)

Weekly stats: DNP

Season stats: N/A

Nordgren has started training with HIFK’s under-20 team and is expected to play with them before joining the senior Liiga team.

Nordgren scored 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 13 games with HIFK U20 team last season and had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 15 Liiga games.

Wouter Peeters, G (EIHL, Guilford)

Weekly stats: 0-1, 5 GA, 23 saves

Season stats: 1-1, 3.53 GAA, .887 SV%

Peeters stopped 23 of 28 shots in a 5-3 loss to Sheffield. It’s unlikely the Blackhawks will retain his draft rights.

Antti Saarela, C (Liiga, Ilves)

Weekly stats: 2 GP

Season stats: 9 GP, 1G, 2A, 2 PIM, +4, 44.3 FO%, 10:29 ATOI

Saarela is now scoreless and without a shot on goal in three straight games, and had his worse performance at the faceoff dot with at least 10 draws in a game this season. He was 44.4 percent on nine draws against SaiPa then a dismal 25 percent on 12 draws against TPS.

Max Shalunov, C (KHL, CSKA Moscow)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 5 SOG, 1 hit

Season stats: 18 GP, 4G, 2A, 39 SOG, 8 PIM, +6, 50.3 FO%, 10 hits, 8 BLS, 14:40 ATOI

Shalunov returned to action after missing two weeks for undisclosed reasons. He had a strong game in his first outing back with four shots on goal, one hit and a 55.6-percent success rate on faceoffs (5-for-9) in 13:37 in a 2-1 loss to Sibir. CSKA then took care of Barys 3-0, but Shalunov struggled at the dot going 28.6 percent (2-for-7) and only recorded one shot. It was only the third game all season he hasn’t recorded at least two in the game.