by PuckStopsHere on 12/14/12 at 01:35 AM ET
In late October I looked at the KHL scoring race. At that time it looked like Alexander Radulov of CSKA Moscow might run away with the scoring title. That is no longer true. Sergei Mozyakin of Metallurg Magnitogorsk has taken the scoring lead. Radulov is the best known KHL player who is not a locked out NHLer. He led the league in scoring in each of the last two seasons and he is five points behind Mozyakin. Mozyakin has no NHL experience but he has experience leading the KHL in scoring. In fact he is the only person other than Radulov to lead the KHL in scoring. He did so in 2009 and 2010. At age 31 (compared to Radulov's 26) it is reasonable to think that his days on top of the league may be numbered, but nevertheless that is where he sits. Mozyakin has 48 points and Radulov has 43 points as is second in scoring.
There are significant NHL names that are close behind them. Since the KHL season began before the NHL lockout, the NHL players have fewer games played. Evgeni Malkin is third in KHL scoring with 41 points. He is a good bet to finish the season as top scorer if he does not return to North America for an NHL season. Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Alexander Ovechkin all have places in the top ten in the KHL scoring race.
Sergei Mozyakin has taken a strong lead in the points race in the KHL. He is one of the league's top players. It is a bit of a surprise that he is holding off the younger Alexander Radulov so far. Will he manage to keep the lead?
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