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Evgeny Kuznetsov | Center

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 172
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New Washington coach Barry Trotz reiterated this week that he sees Evgeny Kuznetsov as a center going forward.
Kuznetsov spent a bit of time on the wing under Adam Oates, but Trotz envisions him solely up the middle and believes he can be an asset to the team in the right situation. "I’m going to play [Kuznetsov] in the middle right through, and if you get some people who are pretty hard-driving guys on his wing he could be a great fit," Trotz said. Despite Trotz's reputation as a defensive-minded head coach, his arrival could lead to a breakout for the young Russian. Aug 2 - 10:06 AM

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Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said the team may give Evgeny Kuznetsov a shot at being the team's No. 2 center next season.

"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.
Jun 16 - 4:35 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov ended the World Championships with two goals in 10 games to go with his gold medal.

Kuznetsov 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.
May 26 - 7:23 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov was placed on the second line Saturday, alongside Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson.

Kuznetsov potted his third goal of the season and now has eight points in 13 games. Look for a big increase next season as he will be one of the most highly touted rookies heading into the 2014-15 season.
Apr 6 - 11:14 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal in Washington's 4-3 shootout win against the New York Islanders.

Kuznetsov also netted the deciding goal in the shootout. Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Ward each found the back of the net for Washington. Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, and Marcus Johansson each recorded an assist in Washington's victory.
Apr 5 - 8:09 PM

The 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.

"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.
Mar 29 - 11:23 AM

For the second game in a row Evgeny Kuznetsov scored an important goal in a shootout.

The 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.
Mar 23 - 12:03 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov was elevated to the second line at practice Saturday.

He 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."
Mar 15 - 2:22 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov notched his first three NHL points, all assists, Friday night to power the Caps past the Canucks by a score of 4-3.

Playing 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.
Mar 14 - 10:00 PM

Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates was happy with Evgeny Kuznetsov's NHL debut on Monday.

Kuznetsov 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."
Mar 11 - 11:32 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov participated in line rushes with Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson during Monday's morning skate.

He'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."
Mar 10 - 4:43 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov will practice on Monday morning and if all goes well, he will make his NHL debut against the Penguins on Monday evening.

Kuznetsov 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.
Mar 10 - 9:49 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov skated for the first time as a member of the Washington Capitals this morning.

Kuznetsov skated for 45 minutes under the watchful eyes of coach Adam Oates and conditioning coach Mark Nemish. Look for Kuznetsov to make his highly anticipated NHL debut on Monday. Considered by some to be the top prospect not playing in the NHL, Kuznetsov should be considered in all but the shallowest of fantasy leagues for a pickup the rest of the way.
Mar 9 - 10:45 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov has inked an entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

The 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.
Mar 8 - 1:19 PM

Washington 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.

Sovetsky 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.
Mar 8 - 11:27 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Jay Beagle
5Kris Newbury
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Eric Fehr
4Ryan Stoa
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Karl Alzner
5Dmitry Orlov
6Brooks Orpik
7John Erskine
8Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters