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Evgeny Kuznetsov | Center | #92

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 192
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (26) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Evgeny Kuznetsov notched one goal and one assist in 12 postseason matches last year.

He has generated just nine points in 26 career playoff appearances. Kuznetsov also struggled down the stretch this campaign with six points in the last 13 contests. The Capitals will be a much tougher team to handle if Kuznetsov heats up on the second line in the playoffs.
Apr 12 - 5:03 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov is one point shy of his second straight season with at least 60 points.

Considering that Kuznetsov recorded just nine points in his first 23 contests, he's managed a fairly successful turnaround. He still won't match last year's 77-point campaign, but he does have 50 points in his last 58 contests, including an assist on Saturday.
Apr 8 - 6:31 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the New York Rangers.

The victory allows the Capitals to clinch their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy. Kuznetsov helped set up Justin Williams' power play goal in the second period before adding a marker of his own 5:42 into the third. Kuznetsov now has 19 goals and 58 points in 80 games this season.
Apr 5 - 11:03 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov picked up an assist in a 1-0 win over the New Jersey on Thursday.

Jakub Vrana picked up the loose puck and promptly buried the puck passed Cory Schneider for the only goal of the game on the power play. Kuznetsov has now picked up an incredible 34 points in his last 27 games for the Capitals. His early season struggles seem like a distant memory as he continues to rack up the points.
Mar 2 - 9:42 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored one goal in a 5-2 loss to the Predators Saturday night.

The Caps trailed 4-1 at the 17:03 mark of the third when Kuznetsov found the back of the net to cut the lead in half and give them a fighting chance. His 15th goal of the season gives Kuznetsov 48 points and solidifies his standing of third for the team behind Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.
Feb 25 - 8:03 PM

Evgeni Kuznetsov scored a pair of goals in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kuznetsov extended Washington's lead to 2-0 late in the first period and his second marker of the evening made it 3-1 for his team in the second frame. He finished the game with four shots on goal and one hit in 15:12 of ice time. Kuznetsov has 14 goals and 47 points in 59 games in 2016-17. The Capitals forward has also racked up 12 points in his last 11 contests. Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Caps.
Feb 22 - 11:07 PM

Depth Charts

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