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Evgeny Kuznetsov | Center | #92

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 204
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (26) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Barry Trotz wants to see Evgeny Kuznetsov shoot the puck more.
"I think what it does when he does shoot, it will open up his wingers for him, too. Because everybody's shading to the wingers right now because they think he's just looking for his wingers," Trotz said. "He's just got to shoot a little bit more. Be more of a threat. He's a threat gaining the zone, he's a threat when he gets to the top of the circles. And he can shoot the puck." Kuznetsov has three goals and 19 points in 17 games this season. He hasn't scored a goal since Oct. 28 when he got two against Edmonton. The Oilers will visit Washington on Sunday night and Kuznetsov has five markers and two assists in seven career meetings versus Edmonton. Nov 12 - 2:26 PM

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Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals, including the game-winner in a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

The Capitals fell behind 2-0 late into the first period but Smith-Pelly's first of the season just before the end of the period brought the Capitals back to life. With under five minutes remaining in the third period, Kuznetsov turned into a magician, working his way through two defensemen before somehow sliding the puck passed Talbot for his second of the game. It's Kuznetsov's fifth career two goal game. He has three goals and 14 points in 11 games this season.
Oct 29 - 12:44 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first of the season in a 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Kuznetsov finally found the back of the net for Washington on Thursday, but the 25-year old has been productive for the Capitals with 12 assists. His goal came before the end of the second period, but wasn't enough for the Capitals to come back.
Oct 27 - 1:03 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov extended his point streak to three games with an assist on Monday.

Kuznetsov has an incredible eight assists in those three contests. That gives him the early lead in the NHL's scoring race, ahead of Brayden Point (3-4-7) and teammate Alex Ovechkin (7-0-7).
Oct 10 - 6:42 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov earned four assists in Saturday's 6-1 win against Montreal.

Kuznetsov picked up a helper on all four of Alex Ovechkin's goals in the contest. He also had three assists on three goals by Ovechkin in Washington's 2017-18 opener against Ottawa.
Oct 7 - 10:41 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov could be in line to play on Washington's top power-play unit this season.

Kuznetsov skated on the first combination during Tuesday's practice. The Capitals need a replacement for Marcus Johansson, who was traded to New Jersey in the off-season. Kuznetsov was a 77-point player in 2015-16 prior to dropping to 59 points last year. If he secures a spot on Washington's top power-play unit then he stands a great chance to return to the 70-point plateau.
Sep 26 - 6:08 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up a goal and two assists in Washington's 4-2 preseason win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Kuznetsov opened the scoring with a power play goal that looked way too easy, as he went around veteran Mark Streit like he wasn't even there. The 25-year-old saw his point total come down from 77 in 2015-16 to 59 last season. Don't be surprised if he bounces back in a big way in 2017-18. He has the talent to put together an 80-point season, but he'll have to prove that last year was just a blip on the radar.
Sep 20 - 10:57 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov will start the regular season on the same line as Alex Ovechkin.

Coach Barry Trotz said the other duo he wants at the start of the year will be Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. They will probably be joined by Andre Burakovsky, while a few players will battle for the spot alongside Ovechkin and Kuznetsov.

Evgeny Kuznetsov doesn't agree with people who think the Capitals are a bad team.

Washington has won back-to-back Presidents' Trophies, but they've failed to reach the conference final in the Alex Ovechkin era. "I don't like when people say we're a bad team right now," Kuznetsov said. "That's bull to me. It's not about the names. It's about the guys when they come together." The Capitals have lost some key players like Marcus Johansson, Justin Williams and Nate Schmidt, but they also managed to re-sign Kuznetsov to an eight-year, $62.4 million deal. They should remain one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and in the entire NHL.
Aug 15 - 4:38 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov has inked an eight-year, $62.4 million contract with the Washington Capitals Sunday night.

That works out to a $7.8 million annual cap hit. The Capitals are definitely taking a risk here as Kuznetsov had 77 points in 2015-16, but took a step back last season to 59 points. The 25-year-old has the potential to be an elite forward through the life of this contract though. "Evgeny is a premier center in the NHL and we are pleased that he will remain in Washington for at least the next eight years," said Capitals GM Brian MacLellan. "It is difficult to find a player of his caliber, who is in his prime and makes his teammates better. Evgeny plays with a tremendous skill, speed and tenacity needed to win in the NHL."
Jul 2 - 7:30 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov is not worried about his status as a restricted free agent.

The 24-year-old (25 on Friday) is also eligible for arbitration so the likelihood of a holdout is miniscule compared to previous RFA's like Johnny Gaudreau who were not eligible for arbitration. "Just want to enjoy and play hockey," Kuznetsov said. "Long as I'm going to enjoy the hockey, I'm going to play hockey. It's going to be one years, eight years, 50 years, maybe I'm going to be like [Jaromir] Jagr." Look for a 75-80 point season from Kuznetsov next year and draft him accordingly.
May 14 - 8:03 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov chipped in two assists in Game 6 against Pittsburgh.

He helped set up power-play goals by T.J. Oshie and John Carlson in a 5-2 win over the Penguins. Kuznetsov has generated three goals and three assists during a four-game point streak.
May 9 - 10:45 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Capitals were trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, but that's when their top offensive weapons went to work. Nicklas Backstrom tied the game at two, Kuznetsov scored the go-ahead goal and Alex Ovechkin scored the insurance marker just 27 seconds after that. Kuznetsov has now scored in three straight games and in four of his last five. The Caps forward has five goals and three assists in 11 games this postseason. The Caps will look to tie the series up at three on Monday night in Pittsburgh.
May 6 - 11:48 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov found the back of the net in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Capitals found themselves down 2-0 early in the second period, but they were able to tie the game thanks to goals by Kuznetsov and Nate Schmidt. Unfortunately for Washington, Justin Schultz was able to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead going into the third period. Kuznetsov finished the game with a plus-1 rating and six shots on goal in 19:56 of ice time. He's up to four goals and three assists in 10 games this postseason. The Capitals are now on the brink of elimination, as they trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 will be played in Washington on Saturday. Another second-round exit would be devastating for the Caps.
May 3 - 10:42 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov found the back of the net in Washington's 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 1 on Thursday.

Kuznetsov's third period marker tied the game at 2-2, but Nick Bonino regained the lead for Pittsburgh a little over four minutes later. Kuznetsov has two goals and four points in seven postseason games.
Apr 28 - 11:21 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Jakub Vrana
4Nathan Walker
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Alex Chiasson
5Anthony Peluso
6Devante Smith-Pelly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Taylor Chorney
6Christian Djoos
7Madison Bowey
8Aaron Ness
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer