Today the United States Hockey League announced that Gamblers goaltender Maksim Zhukov was named to the 2017 All-USHL Rookie Second Team as determined by a vote of League general managers.
Zhukov finished the regular season with a 19-8-1-1 record, a 2.25 GAA and a .913 SV%. His GAA ranked first among rookie goaltenders, while his wins ranked second and his SV% ranked third. He posted a three-game winning streak from Oct. 22 to November 4 and finished his regular season appearances with six straight victories from March 4 to March 31. He made 25 or more saves 10 times over the course of the season. The Russian netminder was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game earlier this season, where he was credited with 11 saves. He was also ranked nine among North American Goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings. Zhukov previously won Goaltender of the Week honors on Jan. 30 and March 20.