May 19, 1992 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Position||Center / Right Wing|
|NHL Draft||26th overall, 2010
Yevgeni Yevgenievich Kuznetsov (Russian: Евгений Евгеньевич Кузнецов; born May 19, 1992) is a Russian ice hockey winger who currently plays for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League. He previously played for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. Kuznetsov has also played in several international tournaments for the Russian national junior team, and won a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
Kuznetsov made his professional debut in the 2009–10 season with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. Kuznetsov played 35 games, totaling 8 points. He was ranked the third best European skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and was selected 26th overall by the Washington Capitals.
In the 2011–12 season he was selected to the KHL All-Star Game. Also Kuznetsov won the Continental Cup and bronze medals with his team. It is reported that during the 2013–14 season, Kuznetsov earned $3.8 million to play in the KHL with Traktor Chelyabinsk.
On March 8, 2014, Kuznetsov signed an entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals of the NHL.
On March 25, 2014, Kuznetsov scored his first NHL goal, which happened to be a short-handed goal, against the Los Angeles Kings with under a minute left in the game to tie up the score in an eventual 5-4 shootout loss for the Washington Capitals.
Evgeny Kuznetsov accepting a post-game award at the 2010 World Jr Championships
|Competitor for Russia|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
Kuznetsov played for Team Russia at the 2010 World Junior Championships held in Saskatchewan, Canada. He finished the tournament with two goals and was selected as the player of the game for Russia after the preliminary round game against Austria.
Kuznetsov again represented Russia in the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York. He was the only 18-year-old on the Russian team; every other player was 19. He finished second in the tournament in scoring with 4 goals and 7 assists in 7 games. He had 3 assists in the gold medal game in which Russia overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third period to win 5-3. Kuznetsov was named by the tournament coaches as one of the three best players on his team, and was named to the tournament all-star team by the media. Best player in game versus Norway, where he recorded one goal and one assist. Finished tied for second in the tournament in scoring, alongside teammate Vladimir Tarasenko, with four goals and seven assists.
Kuznetsov also represented Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championships, the third year in a row he participated in the tournament. He also served as captain of the Russian team. In a game against Latvia on December 29, 2011, Kuznetsov recorded three goals and six assists for nine points in a 14–0 win for Russia. This set a record for most points by a Russian player at the World Juniors, and second highest total in a game in the history of the tournament, one point behind Peter Forsberg of Sweden at the 1993 World Juniors.
Regular season and playoffs
|2009–10||Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk||MHL||9||4||12||16||8||2||1||2||3||4|
|2010–11||Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk||MHL||8||10||5||15||4||5||0||2||2||10|
|Senior int'l totals||10||2||4||6||4|
Awards and honours
|IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star||2010|
|World Junior Ice Hockey Championships First Team All-Star||2011|
|World Junior Ice Hockey Championships First Team All-Star||2012|
|World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Best Forward||2012|
|World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Most Valuable Player||2012|
- NHL Central Scouting (2010). "International Skaters Final Ranking". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
- Kimelman, Adam (2010-06-26). "Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin selections start to wild first round". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
- "Vote's result of the 2012 KHL All-Star Game". KHL.com. 2012.
- "Capitals agree to terms with Kuznetsov". capitalstoday.com. 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
- IIHF (2010-01-06). "Best Players per Game". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- Meltzer, Bill (2011-01-05). "Russia's comeback kids ready for WJC gold medal game". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
- IIHF (2011-01-05). "Best Players of Each Team Selected by Coaches". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- IIHF (2011-01-05). "Media All Stars". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-05.
- IIHF (2011-01-05). "Best Players per Game". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- IIHF (2011-01-05). "Scoring Leaders". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- Aykroyd, Lucas (2011-12-29). "Nine-point night for Kuznetsov". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
- Evgeny Kuznetsov's player profile at NHL.com
- Evgeny Kuznetsov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Evgeny Kuznetsov's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Profile at Traktor Chelyabinsk website (Russian)
|Awards and achievements|
|Washington Capitals first round draft pick