Evgeny Kuznetsov

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Evgeny Kuznetsov
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Born (1992-05-19) May 19, 1992 (age 22)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center / Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Washington Capitals
Traktor Chelyabinsk
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2010
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2007–present

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.

Playing career[edit]

Professional play[edit]

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.[1][2]

In the 2011–12 season he was selected[3] 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.[4]

On March 8, 2014, Kuznetsov signed an entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals of the NHL.[5]

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.

International play[edit]

A short- and light brown-haired caucasian male in a red, Russian, ice hockey uniform is holding a small glass award.
Evgeny Kuznetsov accepting a post-game award at the 2010 World Jr Championships
Medal record
Competitor for Russia Russia
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2012 Helsinki
Gold 2014 Minsk
World Junior Championships
Gold 2011 USA
Silver 2012 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver 2009 USA

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.[6]

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.[7] 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,[8] and was named to the tournament all-star team by the media.[9] Best player in game versus Norway, where he recorded one goal and one assist.[10] Finished tied for second in the tournament in scoring, alongside teammate Vladimir Tarasenko, with four goals and seven assists.[11]

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.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007-08 Traktor-2 Chelyabinsk RUS-3 2 0 0 0 0
2008-09 Traktor-2 Chelyabinsk RUS-3 22 5 15 16 40
2009–10 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 9 4 12 16 8 2 1 2 3 4
2009–10 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 35 2 6 8 10 4 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 44 17 15 32 30
2010–11 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 8 10 5 15 4 5 0 2 2 10
2011–12 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 49 19 21 40 30 12 7 2 9 10
2012–13 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 51 19 25 44 42 25 5 6 11 28
2013–14 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 31 8 13 21 12
2013–14 Washington Capitals NHL 17 3 6 9 6
KHL totals 210 65 81 146 124 41 13 8 21 38
NHL totals 17 3 6 9 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia U18 2 7 6 7 13 10
2010 Russia U18 4th 7 5 7 12 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 2 0 2 10
2011 Russia WJC 1 7 4 7 11 4
2012 Russia WJC 2 6 6 7 13 2
Junior totals 33 23 28 51 32
2012 Russia WC 1 9 2 4 6 4
Senior int'l totals 10 2 4 6 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[13] 2010
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships First Team All-Star[14] 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ NHL Central Scouting (2010). "International Skaters Final Ranking". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  2. ^ Kimelman, Adam (2010-06-26). "Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin selections start to wild first round". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Vote's result of the 2012 KHL All-Star Game". KHL.com. 2012. 
  4. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1876477-predicting-the-next-5-washington-capitals-prospects-to-arrive-in-the-nhl/page/4
  5. ^ "Capitals agree to terms with Kuznetsov". capitalstoday.com. 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  6. ^ IIHF (2010-01-06). "Best Players per Game". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  7. ^ Meltzer, Bill (2011-01-05). "Russia's comeback kids ready for WJC gold medal game". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  8. ^ IIHF (2011-01-05). "Best Players of Each Team Selected by Coaches". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  9. ^ IIHF (2011-01-05). "Media All Stars". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  10. ^ IIHF (2011-01-05). "Best Players per Game". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  11. ^ IIHF (2011-01-05). "Scoring Leaders". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  12. ^ Aykroyd, Lucas (2011-12-29). "Nine-point night for Kuznetsov". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  13. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/awards.php?award=U18%20WJC%20All-Star%20Team
  14. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/World_jrs/feature/?id=1324

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marcus Johansson
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Filip Forsberg