|Written by Yas Guthe|
July 2012 – Kuznetsov signed to stay in the KHL for two years, that doesn’t mean he will serve both years. He is apparently going to attend training camp for experience and an evaluation on where he is currently and then go back to Russia. Depending on where he is in development, he could cross for good next year. The fact Washington is not fighting KHL club Traktor on this, is showing good faith for future KHL dealings. Kuznetzov could likely be a solid NHL contributor now, as the Caps are rather gutted at the moment. He is still a very attractive prospect to acquire, just be aware you may be waiting on his contributions. Jason Banks
April, 2012- Evgeny Kuznetsov seamlessly shifts gears while skating and has a repertoire of offensive weapons that few have. Kuznetsov finds holes in defenses that most can’t see or capitalize on quickly as he can. He has a great touch both on his passes and his shots. He does need to get stronger and avoid getting knocked off the puck in the corners. The young Russian has been a consistent offensive spark for his country’s junior teams and put up very impressive numbers for a teenager in a league usually dominated by veterans with 40 points in 49 KHL games for Traktor Chelyabinsk during the 2011-2012 season. He had a much-publicized farewell skate for Traktor, which indicates he is probably coming over to the North America next season. Although nothing is guaranteed, Washington will put considerable pressure on him to join the Capitals next season. Assuming Kuznetsov does join them next campaign, he should jump right into the NHL and generate points quickly. Eventually, as long as he stays and in the NHL, he likely could be regularly producing 70 or more points per season.
Assuming he joins the Capitals soon, Kuznetsov has the ability for a prolific offensive career. Star potential with some risk.
Evgeny Kuznetsov’s 4-point-game against Canada in the 2012 U20 WJC:
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|Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2012 18:01|