Part of the hockey club “Salavat Yulaev” in the 2020-2021 year has been considerably modified, in the lists of new names appeared. Large-scale replenishment due to the fact that last season the Ufa club did not show itself from the best side. Not successful in 6th place hockey players from Bashkortostan in the championship of the Eastern conference.
In a series of playoff games in the 1/8 finals with the score 4:1 defeated the team from the neighboring Republic of Tatarstan “AK bars”. The top leadership of the HC has always had a policy of intolerance to losses and it is not surprising that at the end of the season the response was appropriate: he left his post of head coach Igor Zakharkin, and the team “Salavat Yulaev” 2020-2021 was substantially revised.
The transfers of the club
At the time of this writing is the backbone of players have already formed, but not eliminated the replenishment of other famous athletes. Now the team for the upcoming season is full of new names. The composition of the defense joined F. Larsen from the NHL (Vancouver) and M. Osipov from “torpedo”. New forwards:
From HC “Neftekhimik” came a young goalie Andrei Karev. Part of the “Salavat Yulaev” in the 2020-2021 year do not leave Z. Arzamastsev, M. Goncharov, I. Makarov, T. Hartikainen, I. Lazarev, S. Khripunov, E. Lisin, because with them the contract is extended.
13 professional athletes in the championship left the hockey club, becoming either free agents, or signing a contract with the other HC.
The head coach took fin Arca Westerlund, who has extensive experience. He previously served as coach of the national team of Finland youth and adult League. He also directed “Jokerit”, occasionally going in the playoff in the Western conference with a clearly weaker team. Finnish specialist needs to upgrade policy games and betting on new players “Salavat Yulaev” to achieve greater results in comparison with the predecessor.
The Swede Niklas Svedberg left the team because of the goalie has not shown a decent level at critical stages of the playoffs and the regular competitions. His personal statistics is almost 90% saves with 3 goals conceded per game (the average was taken total 48 meetings). For any self-respecting goalkeeper is invalid numbers, especially for a defender of the gates of the club, applying for an exit in the ending of important world and European Championships.
In its place came Andrei Karev, who is now 24 years old, of course, it’s unlikely we’ll see him as the main goalkeeper due to age, but on the spare and replaceable hockey fans will see him on the ice more than once. Among the new players “Salavat Yulaev” 2020-2021 year are three young goalkeeper at the age of 24, but they were sent to youth and adult League to gain experience.
Against failure indicators Svedberg and the lack of a reliable line of defense from experienced athletes, one of the key objectives of the transfer window are the goalkeepers. To find a good goalkeeper is not easy, because it is a big responsibility and not to say that his work is equal to the effort half of the players. A worthy candidate, which will include the new structure “Salavat Yulaev” in the 2020-2021 year called Jan Covaria, but to wrest it from “metallurg” (Magnitogorsk) failed. Exchange Svedberg to another defender of the gate, too, will fail, because nobody wants to take a team player with such statistics.
Significantly updated and protection, In the 3rd and 4th link of the guard gate will be young, all entirely of the 90-ies of birth. Lack of experience will surely affect the results. The structure remained and the old-timers, who will teach their colleagues how to act in a given situation.
If the defense is staffed by “veterans” weak attack at the “SHU” everything is fine. In the period between seasons, thanks to the transfers managed to get several productive forwards (Gimatov, Kubalik and Campanian). Due to problems with the defenders of the purchase or exchange of new players can not be expected.
In the previous championship KHL hockey players from Ufa have scored 171 washer for 60 games. Work ligament Hartikainen/Umar became one of the best according to the system goal/pass, at the end of the season, they scored 100 points. If the new coach will not make major adjustments to the attack in the new season, we are waiting for new and most importantly, common goals.
Summing up, it remains to note that new players “Salavat Yulaev” 2020-2021 years is as a talented young hockey players, and famous players with great experience. From their number someone will be the opening of the championship.
See video the completion of the composition of the hockey club: