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Evgeny Kuznetsov | Center | #92

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 192
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (26) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Look for Evgeny Kuznetsov to play more on the Capitals' first line even when Nicklas Backstrom is healthy.
Kuznetsov thrived alongside Alexander Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie when Backstrom was hurt to start last season. Caps' coach Barry Trotz seems willing to play the youngster on the top line in an alternating fashion with Backstrom. "He’s [Kuznetsov] a dominant player now," Trotz said. "I think he’s got a high confidence. It gives us great flexibility to do whatever thing we would want. I think on matchups, it’ll free some stuff for us, so we can do a number of different things with our roster. Look for Backstrom to play some games centering the second line featuring Justin Williams and Andre Burakovsky. Obviously this bodes well for Kuztnesov's fantasy value and may hurt Backstrom's a bit. Oct 8 - 11:28 AM

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Evgeny Kuznetsov potted a great goal for Russia in his first game at the World Championship on Saturday.

Kuznetsov quickly batted the puck out of midair into the roof of the net after his initial shot was stopped by Swiss goalie Reto Berra. Washington teammate Alex Ovechkin registered an assist in Russia's 5-1 win in the contest.
May 14 - 5:28 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov will join Team Russia for the rest of the 2016 World Championships.

While Washington's playoff run ended in disappointment, the 2015-16 campaign was an encouraging one for Kuznetsov. He established himself as a top-tier player with 20 goals and 77 points in 82 games. That being said, he was less effective offensively in the playoffs as he was limited to just a goal and an assist.
May 11 - 12:26 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov is projected to play with Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie again in Game 6 versus Pittsburgh.

Ovechkin picked up a goal and an assist playing with Kuznetsov in Game 5. The 23-year-old center has struggled in the postseason with two points in 11 matches, but playing on the top line has the potential to give him a boost.
May 10 - 4:24 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov is practicing on a line with T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin on Friday.

Nicklas Backstrom shifted to the second line as a result. Kuznetsov has struggled in the playoffs with a goal and three points in 10 games. Perhaps playing alongside Oshie and Ovechkin will spark him. The Capitals certainly have to hope so given that they're one loss away from elimination going into Game 5 on Saturday.
May 6 - 11:18 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov was thrilled that T.J. Oshie had his back when Oshie fought Brayden Schenn in Game 5.

Schenn gave Kuznetsov a cross-check in Game 4 that the Capitals took offense to and Oshie battled Schenn 10 seconds into Game 5. "I had no idea about that before the game," Kuznetsov said. "When you see that you feel unbelievable that somebody is behind you. I tell him lots of good words. I really appreciate it."
Apr 24 - 10:14 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov found the back of the net in a 6-1 win over Philadelphia Monday night.

It was Kuznetsov's first point in three playoff games this year. As talented as Kuznetsov is, it's worth remembering that he logged just 14:47 minutes on Monday and 14:35 minutes in Game 2. That limited ice time might impact his offensive production in the playoffs.
Apr 19 - 9:42 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been credited with 11 shots on goal in two games against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Unfortunately, he is still looking for his first point of the series and for his first goal since Mar. 1 when he scored in the regular season against Pittsburgh.
Apr 18 - 1:27 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov has not found the back of the net since March 1.

Kuznetsov does have 11 assists since the start of last month so he has been contributing. The forward has 20 goals and 76 points in 80 games this season as he has proven to be a stud for the Washington Capitals. Kuznetsov should be a high first round pick in playoff pools in the upcoming days.
Apr 9 - 10:59 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov had an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Kuznetsov ended a season-worst five-game drought. He has 20 goals and 74 points in 76 contests in 2015-16.
Mar 31 - 11:19 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov extended his point streak to five games during Friday's 4-1 win over Nashville.

Kuznetsov has seven points, all assists, during the streak. It's also his fourth game of the season with at least three assists. Wow. The kid is exactly as advertised. He's now up to 53 assists and 73 points in 70 games thus far.
Mar 18 - 11:25 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov had an assist in Washington's 3-2 victory over Toronto Wednesday night.

Kuznetsov is on a three-game point streak. He has 20 goals and 66 points in 63 contests this season.
Mar 3 - 11:10 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Kuznetsov's goal tied the game at the 16:03 mark of the second period. The 23-year-old has 20 goals and 65 points in 62 games this season. Matt Niskanen scored the game-winning goal on the power play with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
Mar 1 - 11:12 PM

With his tally in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Chicago, Evgeny Kuznetsov sits just one shy of 20 goals this season.

Now this, this is the Kuznetsov we were all so excited to see come over from the KHL. The second year NHL'er is up to 64 points in 61 games, and is arguably their fourth most important player behind Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby.
Feb 28 - 4:06 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist in Washington's 3-2 victory against Arizona on Monday.

That brings Kuznetsov up to 62 points in 58 games this season. Only Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Erik Karlsson are beating him in the scoring race. Alex Ovechkin netted his 39th goal of the campaign and added his 16th assist. However, it was Mike Richards who provided the game winner with his first goal and point in 15 games with Washington.
Feb 22 - 10:13 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Zach Sanford
5Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer