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Evgeny Kuznetsov | Center

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 172
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Evgeny Kuznetsov thinks the two-year bridge contract he signed in July is good for both sides.
Kuznetsov hopes to sign a long-term deal with Washington eventually, but this contract gives him a chance to show Washington what he's capable of. He recorded 11 goals and 37 points in 80 contests last season and he's believed to have a significant amount of untapped upside. In the meantime, his contract comes with a $3 million annual cap hit. Aug 31 - 12:22 PM

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If Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is unavailable for the start of the regular season then Evgeny Kuznetsov is the likeliest candidate to move up to the top line.

Backstrom is expected to participate in training camp, so he could be on track to be ready for opening night. If he can't play then Kuznetsov is expected to move up from the second line to skate between Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie.
Aug 4 - 1:48 PM

The Washington Capitals have inked Evgeny Kuznetsov to a two-year, $6 million contract extension.

Kuznetsov had 11 goals and 37 points in 80 contests in 2014-15. He has a lot of potential and should take a big step forward in 2015-16 given that he has a year and change worth of North American experience now. That being said, this bridge deal makes sense for both sides. The Capitals are managing their risk while Kuznetsov is setting himself up for a bigger payday if he develops as projected.
Jul 6 - 6:47 PM

The Washington Capitals and Restricted Free-Agent Evgeny Kuznetsov are working on a new two or three-year contract extension.

Kuznetsov just completed his first full season in the NHL in which he scored 11 goals and 37 points in 80 games. The 23-year-old also added five goals and seven points in 14 postseason contests this spring. His offensive talent is undeniable, and he should see his numbers increase in 2015-16. Kuznetsov's agent also added that he doesn't expect the Capitals to file for salary arbitration by Monday's deadline. It looks like a deal will be hammered out fairly soon.
Jul 5 - 2:43 PM

The Washington Capitals have started talking with Evgeny Kutnetsov on a contract extension.

Kuznetsov is a restricted free agent come July 1 and the talks are 'active'. Kuznetsov took a big step forward in the playoffs with five goals and seven points in 14 tough games. Stay tuned as Kuznetsov could be a 50-55 point player in 2015-16 as he had only 37 this season.
Jun 28 - 10:02 AM

Coach Barry Trotz thinks that the Washington Capitals have their second line center in Evgeny Kuznetsov.

The Russian pivot certainly came into his own during the playoffs with five goals and seven points in 14 games as he tied Alex Ovechkin for the team lead in goals. Kuznetsov was a star in a few games for the Capitals and the 22-year-old has a big NHL career in his future. Do not forget about him on draft day.
May 17 - 7:23 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers.

The Capitals have now failed to close the Rangers out in back-to-back games and they will be forced to play Game Seven at MSG on Wednesday night. Kuznetsov picked up the primary assist on Jason Chimera's second period goal and he scored one of his own in the third frame. The 22-year-old now has five goals and seven points in 13 games this postseason.
May 10 - 10:05 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers Saturday.

Kuznetsov is showing during the Stanley Cup playoffs why he has been so highly regarded despite struggling through most of his year-plus in the NHL. The 22-year-old had only 11 goals in 80 games this season but has the four in only nine tough playoff games thus far.
May 3 - 9:33 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored with 7:18 remaining in the third period Monday night to give the Washington Capitals a dramatic 2-1 triumph over the visiting New York Islanders in the seventh and deciding game of the teams' Eastern Conference First Round playoff series.

Kuznetsov broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal and fourth point of the postseason. The speedy center made a terrific move to skate around Islanders center Frans Nielsen before roofing a wrist shot over goalie Jaroslav Halak from the slot. The Caps, who were 3-9 in Game 7 playoff matches, advance to face the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The start of that series is to be determined. The Caps dominated the Isles in the shot department Monday night. They fired 26 shots on Halak. The Isles managed only 11 shots at Washington goalie Braden Holtby. Joel Ward opened the scoring for Washington with his first goal in the playoffs. The assists went to Brooks Orpik and Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin, who now has three assists in the playoffs. The Isles tied it on a Nielsen goal at 3:13 of the third period before Kuznetsov notched the game and series winner.
Apr 27 - 10:59 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov led the way for Washington in Game 5, scoring a goal and two assists to help the Caps beat up on the Islanders 5-1 on Thursday night and seize control of the series.

The 22-year-old speedster was shut out the first four games of the series with a minus-three rating, so Thursday's performance certainly boosted Kuznetsov's stock. Kuznetsov had 37 points in 80 games this season, and is going through his first playoffs in the NHL.
Apr 23 - 9:53 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal in Washington's 3-2 victory over Minnesota on Thursday.

Kuznetsov is looking to finish off his rookie campaign on a high not after scoring at least a point in four of his last five games. He has nine goals and 30 points in 70 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 20 - 11:24 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal in regulation and in a shootout to help give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Sabres in Buffalo Monday night.

Kuznetsov was the only player to score in the shootout. He sent a low wrist shot past Sabres goalie Anders Lindback to give the Capitals their second consecutive win. Washington (38-23-10) moved four points ahead of the Boston Bruins for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Matt Niskanen had the lone assist on Kuznetsov’s power-play goal in the second period and led all scorers with two points on two assists. He now has 20 assists on the season. Kuznetsov's goal was his eighth of the season. Also scoring goals for Washington were Mike Green (sixth) and Curtis Glencross (13th). Superstar Alex Ovechkin didn't score but led in shots on net with nine.
Mar 16 - 10:16 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

The 22-year-old was Washington's first round pick (26th overall) in 2010. Although he is very skilled, Kuznetsov has yet to take the next step in his NHL career. He has now registered points in three of his last four games, but this was his first goal since February 5th (16 games). Kuznetsov has seven goals and 28 points in 67 games this season. Even though he hasn't progressed as much as many had expected, dynasty owners shouldn't throw in the towel just yet.
Mar 13 - 11:00 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov had an assist in Washington's 3-1 loss on Sunday.

Kuznetsov is riding a four-game point streak. That brings him up to six goals and 23 points in 52 contests in 2014-15. He's worth taking a chance on in fantasy drafts for the 2015-16 campaign as he has a ton of offensive upside and at that point he'll have had plenty of time to adjust to playing in the NHL after excelling in the KHL.
Feb 9 - 5:44 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a pair of assists on Friday.

Kuznetsov has been heating up of late with two goals and seven points in his last seven games. He now has six goals and 22 points in 51 games, which is certainly not great but he is a plus-11 this season. Do not forget about him in 2015-16.
Feb 7 - 10:59 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Andre Burakovsky
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Jason Chimera
4Brooks Laich
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Jay Beagle
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Justin Peters