|Assets:||Has electric offensive skills and the versatility to play all three forward positions. Can set up his linemates or finish off plays equally well. When he's on top of his game, he also displays grit.|
|Flaws:||Can get a little moody at times, and can go stretches where he is neutralized by the opposition. So, he needs to improve his focus and game-to-game consistency in order to maximize his assets.|
|Career Potential:||Talented scoring forward with good upside.|
|3/08/2014||Signed by the Washington Capitals to a two-year entry-level contract.|
|6/25/2010||Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round (26th overall) in 2010.|
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov could score a lot in his rookie campaign playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. | 10/04/2014 6:05 PM
NewsCapitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov could score a lot in his rookie campaign playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
ImpactThe 22-year-old is already the favorite to win the Calder Trophy. He scored nine points in 17 games last year and many project him to score more than 50 points this season. He is definitely worth a late-round pick.
Caps to give Kuznetsov a look as No. 2 center | 06/16/2014 4:35 PM
NewsCapitals GM Brian MacLellan said the team may give Evgeny Kuznetsov a shot at being the team's No. 2 center next season.
Impact"We're going to have to develop one of our young guys to play second-line center," he said. "I think it's hard to add in free agency." Mikhail Grabovski can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Washington is looking into re-signing him. Kuznetsov notched three goals and nine points in 17 games with the Caps in 2013-14 after he joined the club in March.
Evgeny Kuznetsov has two goals in Worlds | 05/26/2014 7:23 AM
NewsEvgeny Kuznetsov ended the World Championships with two goals in 10 games to go with his gold medal.
ImpactKuznetsov came over to the NHL after the Olympic Games and had three goals and nine points in 17 games before being named to the Russian squad for the World Championships. The former first round pick and 26th overall in 2010 is highly regarded so do not be surprised to see a 25-plus goal effort and 50-plus points in the 2014-15 season.
Fast start for Evgeny Kuznetsov dazzles Caps | 03/29/2014 11:23 AM
NewsThe results have come quicker than many anticipated for Washington newcomer Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has recorded one goal and five assists in his first eight NHL games and is 2-for-3 in shootouts.
Impact"He's maybe a little ahead of what I expected because I didn't expect much," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "The NHL is so different and I thought it would be a little overwhelming and it hasn't been so far, which I'm very happy about for him and for us. He's playing very solid." Kuznetsov started on the fourth line because Oates wanted to ease him into the NHL, but that lasted only three games. After a three-assist performance against Vancouver on March 14, he was moved up to the second line where he's played since and seen his ice time increase to more than 17 minutes per night.
Kuznetsov becoming shootout specialist | 03/23/2014 12:03 PM
NewsFor the second game in a row Evgeny Kuznetsov scored an important goal in a shootout.
ImpactThe talented rookie has some tremendous moves and he is becoming a go-to-guy with the game on the line. Although he is still getting limited minutes overall, Kuznetsov is getting more comfortable in the NHL by the game. He makes a great speculative pick up for next season.
Caps promote Evgeny Kuznetsov to 2nd line | 03/15/2014 2:22 PM
NewsEvgeny Kuznetsov was elevated to the second line at practice Saturday.
ImpactHe skated with Troy Brouwer and Casey Wellman after he earned three assists in Friday's 4-3 win over Vancouver. Coach Adam Oates is still trying to temper expectations on the rookie forward, though. "I liked a couple other things he did where he just drove it deep and didn't turn it over," the Caps bench boss said. "The winning goal he makes a great cycle, but all the guys did. Is he learning? I hope so, but I also want to caution myself on wow factor."
Evgeny Kuznetsov amazes with three assists | 03/14/2014 10:00 PM
NewsEvgeny Kuznetsov notched his first three NHL points, all assists, Friday night to power the Caps past the Canucks by a score of 4-3.
ImpactPlaying his third game for Washington since leaving Russia and the KHL, the talented forward put on a dazzling display by setting up Alex Ovechkin on a power play, Tom Wilson and finally Mike Green for the game winner late in the game.
Oates happy with Evgeny Kuznetsov's NHL debut | 03/11/2014 11:32 AM
NewsWashington Capitals coach Adam Oates was happy with Evgeny Kuznetsov's NHL debut on Monday.
ImpactKuznetsov had two shots on goal in 10:22 minutes of ice time. The 21-year-old forward was one of the KHL's top players, but he didn't have any experience playing professionally in North America going into Monday's game. "I think you have to be patient and be realistic about expectations because it's a foreign league for him, it's a foreign system," Oates said. "He's never played this way, he's never played in front of this many people really. For me, I want to ease him in, use him as much as possible, but also be fair to him and give him a chance to grow with the team."
Evgeny Kuznetsov to debut Monday on 4th line | 03/10/2014 4:43 PM
NewsEvgeny Kuznetsov participated in line rushes with Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson during Monday's morning skate.
ImpactHe'll start out his NHL debut on the fourth line against Pittsburgh. "I think starting him there - he's into the team, the system and not put him in a situation where he might make a mistake right off the hop and get off on the wrong foot," said coach Adam Oates. "I think it makes sense to do it that way."
Evgeny Kuznetsov likely to play on Monday | 03/10/2014 9:49 AM
NewsEvgeny Kuznetsov will practice on Monday morning and if all goes well, he will make his NHL debut against the Penguins on Monday evening.
ImpactKuznetsov inked a deal last week after spending the last three and a half seasons with Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL since the Capital took him in the first round, 26th overall in the 2010 draft. He is highly regarded and is worth picking up at this time as he should see top-six minutes.
Caps ink Evgeny Kuznetsov, he'll debut Monday | 03/08/2014 1:19 PM
NewsEvgeny Kuznetsov has inked an entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactThe CBC's Elliotte Friedman is reporting that it's a two-year deal. TSN's Bob McKenzie commented that Kuznetsov will arrive in Washington Saturday afternoon and he'll be in the lineup for his NHL debut on Monday night versus Pittsburgh. The Capitals were believed to be close to getting their highly touted prospect in the fold and he's finally ready to start his NHL career.
Reports: Evgeny Kuznetsov en route to Caps | 03/08/2014 11:27 AM
NewsWashington Capitals officials refused to comment Friday on reports out of Russia that Evgeny Kuznetsov, their 2010 first-round pick, was leaving his Kontinental Hockey League team to join the NHL.
ImpactSovetsky Sport and R-Sport in Russia reported that Kuznetsov, 21, will begin his journey to Washington on Saturday, but Kuznetsov's North American agent, Jay Grossman, did not return calls or e-mails inquiring about his client's status. Kuznetsov's contract with his hometown team, Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL, ran through April 30, but the reports indicated he and the team agreed to terminate the deal. Kuznetsov spent the past five seasons playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk, recording 78 goals and 167 points over 251 regular season and playoff games and was a two-time KHL all-star. Kuznetsov has been plagued by injuries, though, and underwent surgery on his left shoulder and left knee in the past year. This season, he posted eight goals and 21 points in 31 games.
Caps not counting on Kuznetsov's near return | 02/21/2014 2:03 PM
NewsWashington Capitals GM George McPhee doesn't expect to have Evgeny Kuznetsov this season.
ImpactThe Washington Capitals took Kuznetsov with the 26th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but he has been playing in the KHL. Although there's been speculation about Kuznetsov's imminent return, McPhee pointed out that he's still under contract with Chelyabinsk Traktor, so how long Kuznetsov will be available for depends on how far that team can progress.
Evgeny Kuznetsov's NHL arrival could be close | 02/19/2014 11:29 AM
NewsSeveral signs point to Evgeny Kuznetsov joining the Washington Capitals this spring.
ImpactHe has expressed his intent to play in the NHL once the KHL season is over and he reiterated that on Monday via Twitter when he said he would be leaving Russia "very soon." Additionally, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis hinted about Kuznetsov's arrival in his blog when he wrote on Feb. 9: "And perhaps we will add a young player who was a high draft pick into the lineup at some time too after the break. Time will tell." Washington selected Kuznetsov with the 26th overall pick in the 2010 draft and he's highly regarded as one of the brighter prospects in the NHL.
Evgeny Kuznetsov suffers shoulder injury | 09/09/2013 10:37 AM
NewsWashington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov could miss two months after suffering a shoulder injury according to Sport-Express.
Slava Malamud on Twitter
ImpactKuznetsov is the Capitals top prospect and is expected to join the Capitals next season as he still has one year left on his KHL contract. The injury could affect his status for the Russian Olympic team. Kuznetsov is a goal scorer and do not forget about him next season, or if he comes over this season, grab him quickly.
Kuznetsov intends to play for Caps in 2014 | 06/27/2013 3:04 PM
NewsEvgeny Kuznetsov has one year left on his KHL contract and he intends to play for Washington in 2014-15.
Impact"He's finished the first year of a two-year deal," GM George McPhee said. "Maybe we'll see him after his season's over." Kuznetsov won't attend the team's development camp in July, but he's still considered to be the team's top prospect. He could end up playing for the Capitals as soon as late March in 2014, but that isn't certain.
|12/04/2014||Wsh||Car||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/07/2014||Wsh||Chi||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Rus Jr.||Total||Rus Jr.||9||4||12||16||-||8||-||-||-||-||-||1.78|
|Rus Jr.||Total||Rus Jr.||2||1||2||3||-||4||-||-||-||-||-||1.50|
|Goals||1||6 times-last:at Ott||last:Feb 5||1|
|Assists||2||vs. Ana||Feb 6||3|
|Points||2||3 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Feb 6||3|
|Penalty Minutes||4||2 times-last:at NYI||last:Dec 29||4|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Feb 6||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:at NJ||last:Dec 6||0|
|Power Play Points||1||8 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Feb 8||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||61 times-last:at Car||last:Feb 27||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||61 times-last:at Car||last:Feb 27||1|
|Shots||4||3 times-last:vs. Col||last:Jan 12||3|
|Penalty Minutes||6||2013-14 (Wsh)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2013-14 (Wsh)|
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