49 appearances, 33 (14+19) points, +20, 6 penalty minutes
4 appearances, 4 (3+1) points, +2
HOW THE SEASON TURNED OUT
Initially, it was a tough start to the campaign for Andrei, especially when taking into account that he didn't gain any points during the 2018/2019 KHL Gagarin Cup playoffs. In September, he only played in five games, dishing out one assist and not earning a lot of playing time on the ice.
Nevertheless, instead of waving the white flag, Andrei continued trying hard during training sessions and eventually received more opportunities to display his talent.
During a match against Dinamo Riga in November, he finally scored his maiden goal of the campaign, subsequently grabbing two goals in a game with Severstal Cherepovets. He then began to tally points in almost every game as confidence returned.
As the campaign progressed, Andrei more often that not was placed in a line with Anton Burdasov and Jarno Koskiranta, with the trio spending 17 games together. They all started the Gagarin Cup playoffs in the same line, with Andrei notably scoring three markers as SKA comfortably swept Vityaz Podolsk 4-0 to advance to the second round.
Andrei was a top performer for SKA in the playoffs. In the first game of the series, he received a sloppy Vityaz pass, found himself with only Ilya Ezhov to beat and brilliantly slid the puck under the opposing goalkeeper. Later in the same match, he tallied two more goals to complete his hat-trick, and it's worth noting that his parents were attending the Ice Palace to see him play on that very day.
It's also worth noting that during January, when SKA hosted Barys in Saint Petersburg, Andrei scored a quite stunning goal to help the team emerge victorious by a score of 7:4 in a thriller.
"I love ice hockey, when I'm on the ice I always try to play at my best."