48 matches, 29 (8+21) points, +8 plus/minus rating, 81 penalty minutes
4 matches, 2 (2+0) points), +1 plus/minus rating, 4 penalty minutes
This was the fourth campaign for Sergei Plotnikov in Saint Petersburg with SKA. Wearing the A on his chest, he was put in a line with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tkachyov, offering a strong, physical presence with his committed style of game.
Things did go wrong, however, in January. In a home KHL regular season match against Dynamo Moscow (2:1 OT), Sergei was sent off with a 5+20 penalty and a two-game suspension for a foul against Dmitrij Jaskin, and he was subsequently left on the sidelines as SKA gained form.
Nevertheless, instead of giving in, Sergei worked hard at training and earned a second chance with Alexei Kudashov towards the end of the campaign. Sergei ended up completing the regular season in a line with Joonas Kemppainen and Evgeny Ketov after returning to the line-up.
Sergei came to the fore in the ensuing Gagarin Cup playoffs. In the first round against Vityaz Podolsk, the stocky forward contributed with two important goals as SKA breezed into the second phase 4-0, equalising in the second game and taking the decisive fourth match into overtime. Interestingly, Sergei's average shift time is 53.9 seconds, the highest among SKA players and the second highest in the KHL behind Salavat Yulaev's Swedish forward, Linus Omark (60.4).
"All of us want to play, prove our worth and score goals. Any of our players can decide the outcomes of matches."