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Easy teenagers. Larionov is destroying the KHL, with 17-year-olds and no leaders

Date: July 19, 2024 Time: 01:57:33

Easy teenagers. Larionov is destroying the KHL, with 17-year-olds and no leaders

September 15, 2023, 10:30 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Hockey song.

Five games, five wins. As of mid-September, Torpedo is the only KHL team that does not have a single loss. The Nizhny Novgorod team beat Lokomotiv, SKA, Dynamo Minsk, Admiral and the day before defeated Kunlun.

As in the previous season, Torpedo demonstrates an original attacking style, relying on a constant passing game and the result on the scoreboard. In three games, Igor Larionov’s team scored five or more goals, and their intermediate anti-record was three goals in 60 minutes. In total, Torpedo players scored 23 goals, 2.3 times more than SKA, Lokomotiv, Vityaz, Sibir or Barys.

The start is a zone of turbulence in the calendar of any long championship, and even if Torpedo maintains its current form, there is a high probability that, having acquired the proper condition, rivals will catch up with it. However, now there is every reason to believe that victories do not fall in Nizhny by chance: this is the result of following a system that really works and does not exist solely in words.

It seemed that the club should have been slowed by the loss of top hockey players. For three games, the team’s first and third scorers from the last regular season, Alexei Kruchinin and Sergei Goncharuk, as well as the most productive shortstop in the playoffs, Dennis Yan, were on the injured list.

If this had happened at any other club in the league, we would have heard the coach’s complaints at every press conference (although for some, even less convincing reasons are enough).

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But the residents of Nizhny Novgorod did not notice anything at all: such an incredible margin of safety was found in one of the poorest clubs in the league. Torpedo easily allowed three young players to debut at the same time: 17-year-old Anton Silaev and Nikita Artamonov, as well as 20-year-old Arseniy Varlakov, entered the opening match with Lokomotiv. The oldest of this trio played only one game, but Silaev and Artamonov established themselves, scoring eight points between them. Silaev stands out for his technical skating, which is especially surprising considering his two-meter height. Artamonov is almost a head shorter and his main asset is thinking.

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Nikita Filatov in the YouTube podcast “This is hockey, brother” said that almost every training Torpedo hockey players go out with different partners; This is probably what ensures interchangeability and unity of style: all parts of the team, regardless of composition. and serial number: keep one hockey, one system.

The player substitution policy also works in the last stage. Many experts (for example, Gimaev and Nikolishin) emphasized that without goalkeeper Ivan Kulbakov Torpedo’s offensive adventures would have ended sadly. But Adam Guska works in Larionov’s team to refute this thesis. The Belarusian substitute performs no worse: he replaced Kulbakov in the middle of the match against Dynamo Minsk, and then played matches with Admiral and Kunlun from bell to bell. In 152 minutes, the Slovakian only conceded three times.

It’s interesting that Torpedo’s “plasticity” extends not just to the players. In the summer, Larionov’s assistant Andrei Kozyrev left the coaching staff and for some reason in narrow circles he was called the team’s main strategist. Either the insiders missed the mark, or Nizhny was able to painlessly compensate for Kozyrev’s departure; One way or another, Torpedo continues to play his music.

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