2015–16 KHL season
League Kontinental Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration August 24, 2015 – April 19, 2016
Number of games 60
Number of teams 28
Regular season
Continental Cup winner Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
Top scorer Flag of Russia Sergei Mozyakin
Playoffs
Western champions Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
  Western runners-up Flag of Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
Eastern champions Flag of Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  Eastern runners-up Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Gagarin Cup
Champions Flag of Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  Runners-up Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
KHL seasons

The 2015–16 KHL season was the eighth season of the Kontinental Hockey League. The season started on 24 August 2015 with the Opening Cup between defending champions SKA Saint Petersburg and last year's Continental Cup winners CSKA Moscow, replacing Ak Bars Kazan, the previous season's Gagarin Cup finalists.[1][2]

Team changes[edit | edit source]

Spartak Moscow returned to the league prior to this season.[3][4] It was also announced by KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko that Atlant Moscow Oblast would not participate in the league this season due to financial problems.[5]

Divisions and regular season format[edit | edit source]

In this season, each team played every other team once at home and once on the road, giving a total of 54 games (27 at home, 27 on the road), plus 6 additional games (3 at home, 3 on the road) played by each team against rival clubs from its own conference. Thus, each team played a total of 60 games in the regular season.[6]

How the teams are divided into divisions and conferences is shown in the table below.[2][7]

Western Conference Eastern Conference
Bobrov Division Tarasov Division Kharlamov Division Chernyshev Division
Flag of Belarus Dinamo Minsk Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow Flag of Russia Ak Bars Kazan Flag of Russia Admiral Vladivostok
Flag of Latvia Dinamo Riga Flag of Russia Dynamo Moscow Flag of Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg Flag of Russia Amur Khabarovsk
Flag of Finland Jokerit Flag of Russia HC Sochi Flag of Russia Lada Togliatti Flag of Russia Avangard Omsk
Flag of Croatia Medveščak Zagreb Flag of Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Flag of Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk Flag of Kazakhstan Barys Astana
Flag of Russia SKA Saint Petersburg Flag of Russia Severstal Cherepovets Flag of Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Flag of Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Flag of Slovakia Slovan Bratislava Flag of Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod Flag of Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Flag of Russia Spartak Moscow Flag of Russia Vityaz Podolsk Flag of Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk Flag of Russia Sibir Novosibirsk

League standings[edit | edit source]

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 CSKA Moscow 60 38 5 3 14 163 87 +76 127 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[lower-alpha 1]
2 Jokerit 60 31 5 5 19 167 140 +27 108
3 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 60 37 6 2 15 155 94 +61 125 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 HC Sochi 60 30 4 10 16 175 149 +26 108
5 Dynamo Moscow 60 27 8 8 17 167 126 +41 105
6 SKA Saint Petersburg 60 27 6 7 20 176 149 +27 100
7 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 60 23 10 11 16 163 137 +26 100
8 Slovan Bratislava 60 21 11 4 24 154 148 +6 89
9 Dinamo Minsk 60 20 7 9 24 147 168 −21 83
10 Medveščak Zagreb 60 19 6 9 26 144 172 −28 78
11 Spartak Moscow 60 20 5 7 28 139 172 −33 77
12 Dinamo Riga 60 17 8 8 27 129 151 −22 75
13 Vityaz Podolsk 60 17 8 3 32 129 166 −37 70
14 Severstal Cherepovets 60 12 8 6 34 124 167 −43 58
Updated to match(es) played on 18 February 2016. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) a higher number of wins in the regular time; 3) a higher number of wins in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. VIII KHL Season – Only 152 Days to Go (25 March 2015). Retrieved on 14 April 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 KHL 2015–16 Schedule Announced (2015-06-30). Retrieved on 2015-07-01.
  3. Ромбик снова в моде: "Спартак" возвращается! (3 June 2015). Retrieved on 3 June 2015. (in Russian)
  4. Moskovan Spartak palaa KHL:ään (16 February 2015). Retrieved on 14 April 2015., www.Iltalehti.fi, (in Finnish)
  5. ХК "Атлант" пропустит следующий сезон КХЛ (20 May 2015). Retrieved on 24 May 2015., www.championat.com, (in Russian)
  6. League confirms format for 2015–16 season (17 June 2015). Retrieved on 4 July 2015.
  7. League confirms format for 2015–16 season (2015-06-17). Retrieved on 2015-07-01.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Avangard Omsk 60 27 6 13 14 156 120 +36 106 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs[lower-alpha 2]
2 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 60 25 13 2 20 180 138 +42 103
3 Sibir Novosibirsk 60 24 12 9 15 155 133 +22 105 Advance to Gagarin Cup Playoffs
4 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 60 29 5 4 22 179 156 +23 101
5 Ak Bars Kazan 60 25 6 9 20 143 127 +16 96
6 Admiral Vladivostok 60 25 8 4 23 157 163 −6 95
7 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 60 21 9 11 19 145 158 −13 92
8 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk 60 20 7 12 21 130 135 −5 86
9 Barys Astana 60 21 8 6 25 167 184 −17 85
10 Traktor Chelyabinsk 60 17 12 8 23 132 151 −19 83
11 Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk 60 19 6 3 32 120 178 −58 72
12 Amur Khabarovsk 60 17 6 6 31 112 143 −31 69
13 Lada Togliatti 60 17 5 8 30 120 153 −33 69
14 Metallurg Novokuznetsk 60 13 1 14 32 128 191 −63 55
Updated to match(es) played on 18 February 2016. Source: KHL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) a higher number of wins in the regular time; 3) a higher number of wins in overtime and shootouts; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) drawing of lots.
Notes:

Gagarin Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Gagarin_Cup

The playoffs started on February 21, 2016, with the top eight teams from each of the conferences and ended with the last game of the Gagarin Cup final on April 19, 2016.[1]

  Conference Quarter-Finals Conference Semi-Finals Conference Finals Gagarin Cup Finals
                                     
1  Flag of Russia Avangard 4     1  Flag of Russia Avangard 3  
8  Flag of Russia Neftekhimik 0     4  Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev 4  


2  Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg 4 Eastern Conference
7  Flag of Russia Avtomobilist 2  
    4  Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev 1  
  2  Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg 4  
3  Flag of Russia Sibir 4  
6  Flag of Russia Admiral 1  
4  Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev 4   2  Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg 4
5  Flag of Russia Ak Bars 3     3  Flag of Russia Sibir 1  


  2  Flag of Russia Metallurg Mg 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  1  Flag of Russia CSKA 3
1  Flag of Russia CSKA 4     1  Flag of Russia CSKA 4
8  Flag of Slovakia Slovan 0     7  Flag of Russia Torpedo 1  
2  Flag of Finland Jokerit 2
7  Flag of Russia Torpedo 4  
  1  Flag of Russia CSKA 4
  6  Flag of Russia SKA 0  
3  Flag of Russia Lokomotiv 1  
6  Flag of Russia SKA 4   Western Conference
4  Flag of Russia HC Sochi 0   5  Flag of Russia Dynamo Msk 2
5  Flag of Russia Dynamo Msk 4     6  Flag of Russia SKA 4  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Rank Team
1 Flag of Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk
2 Flag of Russia CSKA Moscow
3 Flag of Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa
4 Flag of Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
5 Flag of Russia Avangard Omsk
6 Flag of Russia Dynamo Moscow
7 Flag of Russia Sibir Novosibirsk
8 Flag of Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
9 Flag of Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
10 Flag of Finland Jokerit
11 Flag of Russia HC Sochi
12 Flag of Russia Ak Bars Kazan
13 Flag of Russia Admiral Vladivostok
14 Flag of Russia Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
15 Flag of Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
16 Flag of Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
17 Flag of Kazakhstan Barys Astana
18 Flag of Belarus Dinamo Minsk
19 Flag of Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
20 Flag of Croatia Medveščak Zagreb
21 Flag of Russia Spartak Moscow
22 Flag of Latvia Dinamo Riga
23 Flag of Russia Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk
24 Flag of Russia Vityaz Podolsk
25 Flag of Russia Amur Khabarovsk
26 Flag of Russia Lada Togliatti
27 Flag of Russia Severstal Cherepovets
28 Flag of Russia Metallurg Novokuznetsk

Player statistics[edit | edit source]

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

As of 18 February 2016

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Flag of Russia Sergei Mozyakin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 57 32 35 67 +11 0
Flag of Russia Alexander Radulov CSKA Moscow 53 23 42 65 +28 73
Flag of the United States Brandon Bochenski Barys Astana 60 20 41 61 +16 48
Flag of Russia Vadim Shipachyov SKA Saint Petersburg 54 17 43 60 −8 63
Flag of Sweden Linus Omark Salavat Yulaev Ufa 60 18 39 57 +12 40
Flag of Canada Matt Ellison Dinamo Minsk 54 26 29 55 −10 54
Flag of Russia Danis Zaripov Metallurg Magnitogorsk 60 22 32 54 +9 26
Flag of Canada Nigel Dawes Barys Astana 55 31 22 53 +15 16
Flag of Canada Justin Azevedo Ak Bars Kazan 59 17 36 53 +6 26
Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Kovář Metallurg Magnitogorsk 58 20 32 52 +7 61

Source: KHL

Leading goaltenders[edit | edit source]

As of 18 February 2016

Player Team GP Min W L SOP GA SO SV% GAA
Flag of Russia Ilya Sorokin CSKA Moscow 28 1638:53 17 7 4 29 10 .953 1.06
Flag of Russia Alexei Murygin Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 34 1962:29 22 8 3 37 13 .954 1.13
Flag of Russia Stanislav Galimov CSKA/Ak Bars 28 1669:11 18 6 4 42 7 .938 1.51
Flag of Sweden Viktor Fasth CSKA Moscow 20 1122:04 13 4 1 31 3 .921 1.66
Flag of Russia Alexander Yeryomenko Dynamo Moscow 23 1392:08 11 4 7 41 2 .936 1.77

Source: KHL

Awards[edit | edit source]

Players of the Month[edit | edit source]

Best KHL players of each month.

Month Goaltender Defense Forward Rookie
September

[2]

Flag of Russia Alexei Murygin (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) Flag of Canada Mat Robinson (Dynamo Moscow) Flag of Russia Sergei Mozyakin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) Flag of Russia Roman Manukhov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk)
October

[3]

Flag of the Czech Republic Alexander Salák (Sibir Novosibirsk) Flag of Russia Mikhail Pashnin (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) Flag of Canada Nigel Dawes (Barys Astana) Flag of Russia Artyom Zub (Amur Khabarovsk)
November

[4]

Flag of Canada Danny Taylor (Medveščak Zagreb) Flag of Sweden Staffan Kronwall (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) Flag of Russia Anatoly Golyshev (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg) Flag of Russia Alexander Polunin (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
December

[5]

Flag of the Czech Republic Dominik Furch (Avangard Omsk) Flag of Canada Flag of Kazakhstan Kevin Dallman (Barys Astana) Flag of Russia Danis Zaripov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) Flag of Russia Vladislav Gavrikov (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
January

[6]

Flag of Russia Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Canada Mat Robinson (Dynamo Moscow) Flag of Russia Vadim Shipachyov (SKA St. Petersburg) Flag of Russia Igor Ustinsky (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)
February

[7]

Flag of Russia Alexander Yeryomenko (Dynamo Moscow) Flag of Russia Anton Belov (SKA St. Petersburg) Flag of Denmark Peter Regin (Jokerit) Flag of Russia Artur Lauta (Avangard Omsk)
March

[8]

Flag of Russia Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Russia Denis Denisov (CSKA Moscow) Flag of Russia Sergei Mozyakin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) Flag of Kazakhstan Flag of Russia Yuri Sergiyenko (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod)
April

Milestones[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]



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