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Vasily Podkolzin is off to a hot start in the KHL playoffs

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Rookie tallies first post season pro goal and assist.

2019 NHL Draft - Portraits
Vasily Podkolzin poses for a photograph at the June 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.
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18 year old Vancouver Canucks’ 2019 first round pick Vasily Podkolzin is making his presence known in the KHL playoffs. This morning in Game #2 of his SKA club’s Western Conference quarter-final series against opponent Vityaz he tallied his first ever professional playoffs’ snipe.

SKA defeated Vityaz 4-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Two days ago in Game #1 of the series he notched his first helper and professional point of his career on this neat little back hand pass.

His Russian coach Alexei Kudashov, who barely played Podkolzin during his first 17 KHL games this season, is now a believer in the Russian Red Bull.

After being held pointless through his first 17 KHL games this season, Podkolzin now has scored 3 goals and added 7 assists for 10 points in his last 15 games.

Game #3 of the first round playoffs match-up is set for Thursday when the talented Russian tries to run his playoffs points streak to three games.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Canucks’ fans will need to be patient. Podkolzin still has one more season left on his KHL contract after this one concludes before he is able to sign with the blue-and-green and bring his ice show to the Lower Mainland.