Evgeny Kuznetsov

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Evgeny Kuznetsov
Evgeny Kuznetsov 2016-04-07 1.JPG
With the Capitals in 2016.
Born (1992-05-19) 19 May 1992 (age 25)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 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

Yevgeny Yevgenyevich Kuznetsov (Russian: Евгений Евгеньевич Кузнецов; born 19 May 1992) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He has represented Russia in junior and senior level competitions on numerous occasions, winning gold medals at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, as well as at the 2012 IIHF World Championship and 2014 IIHF World Championship.

Playing career

Professional

Kuznetsov made his professional debut in the 2009–10 season with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. That season, he played 35 games, totaling eight points. After his performance for Traktor, he was ranked as the third-best European skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, where he was eventually selected in the first round, 26th overall, by the Washington Capitals.[1][2]

In the 2011–12 season, Kuznetsov was selected[3] to the KHL All-Star Game. During the season, he also won the Continental Cup and bronze medals with his team. It was reported that during the 2013–14 season, Kuznetsov earned $3.8 million to play for Traktor.[4]

On 8 March 2014, Kuznetsov signed an entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.[5] On 25 March, he scored his first career NHL goal, which happened to be a short-handed goal, against the Los Angeles Kings with under a minute left to tie the game; the Capitals, however, eventually lost 5–4 in the shootout.

Kuznetsov at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship.

On 23 April 2015, Kuznetsov scored the first and second Stanley Cup playoff goals of his career against the New York Islanders. In the same game, he also had an assist in an eventual 5–1 Washington win. On 27 April 2015, he scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals against the Islanders in the same series, advancing the Capitals to a Conference Semi-finals match-up against the 2014–15 Presidents' Trophy-winning New York Rangers.

During the 2015–16 season, Kuznetsov was named to his first All-Star Game as a replacement for Alexander Ovechkin, who pulled out due to a lower-body injury.

International play

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
Representing Russia Russia
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Finland
Gold medal – first place 2014 Belarus
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Russia
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 United States
Silver medal – second place 2012 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2009 United States

Kuznetsov played for Russia at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey 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 four goals and seven assists in seven games. He also had three assists in the gold medal game, in which Russia overcame a 3–0 deficit in the third period against Canada 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] He was also named the best player in the match against Norway, in which he recorded one goal and one assist.[10] He finished tied for second in the tournament in scoring, alongside teammate Vladimir Tarasenko, with four goals and seven assists.[11]

Kuznetsov then served as team captain for Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championships, the third year in a row he participated in the tournament. On 29 December 2011, in a game against Latvia, Kuznetsov recorded three goals and six assists for nine points in an emphatic 14–0 win for Russia. This set a record for most points by a Russian player at the World Juniors, as well as the second-highest total in a game in the history of the tournament, one point behind Peter Forsberg of Sweden, who set the record in 1993.[12]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

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
2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 80 11 26 37 24 14 5 2 7 8
2015–16 Washington Capitals NHL 82 20 57 77 32 12 1 1 2 8
2016–17 Washington Capitals NHL 82 19 40 59 46 13 5 5 10 8
KHL totals 210 65 81 146 124 53 14 9 23 46
NHL totals 261 53 129 182 108 39 11 8 19 24

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia U18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 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 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 4 7 11 4
2012 Russia WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 6 7 13 2
2012 Russia WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 2 4 6 4
2013 Russia WC 6th 3 1 0 1 2
2014 Russia WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 1 1 2 4
2016 Russia WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 1 1 2 0
2016 Russia WCH 4th 4 2 0 2 6
2017 Russia WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 1 2 3 6
Junior totals 33 23 28 51 32
Senior totals 38 8 8 16 22

Awards and honours

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
NHL First Star of the Week 18 October 2015 – 25 October 2015 2015
NHL All Star Game 2016
NHL First Star of the Month January 2016

References

  1. ^ NHL Central Scouting (2010). "International Skaters Final Ranking" (PDF). 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" (PDF). 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" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  9. ^ IIHF (2011-01-05). "Media All Stars" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  10. ^ IIHF (2011-01-05). "Best Players per Game" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  11. ^ IIHF (2011-01-05). "Scoring Leaders" (PDF). 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

  • Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
  • Profile at Traktor Chelyabinsk website (Russian)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marcus Johansson
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Filip Forsberg
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