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Evgeny Kuznetsov | Center | #92

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 204
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (26) / WAS
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Evgeny Kuznetsov played through a shoulder injury in the Stanley Cup Final.
Kuznetsov presumably sustained the injury when he was checked by Brayden McNabb in Game 2 of the finals. Kuznetsov left that contest and didn't return, but he was still able to play from Game 3 on. He won't require surgery for the injury. Jun 13 - 4:35 PM

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Evgeny Kuznetsov was second in Conn Smythe Trophy voting.

Alex Ovechkin captured the trophy with 13 of 18 first-place votes and 80 points. Kuznetsov had the other five first-place votes and he finished with 64 points after he he led the postseason with 32 points in 24 games. Braden Holtby was third with 16 points, while Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury received two third-place votes.
Jun 12 - 3:24 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov earned the playoffs' scoring title.

Kuznetsov finished with 12 goals and 32 points in 24 games. Alex Ovechkin, who also made huge contributions for the Capitals, won the Conn Smythe Trophy. It's fair to say that the Capitals wouldn't have won the Cup without Ovechkin, but it's also hard to envision the Capitals getting there without Kuznetsov. He's emerged as an elite player and one could argue that he's one of the missing pieces the Capitals lacked in the earlier days of the Ovechkin era.
Jun 8 - 9:48 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov registered four assists in Monday’s 6-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Capitals forward picked up the primary helpers on goals by T.J. Oshie (1-0), Tom Wilson (2-0) and John Carlson (4-0), and he also helped set up Brett Connolly’s late power-play goal to make it 6-2. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and two shots on goal in 20:37 of ice time. The 26-year-old is definitely in the mix for the Conn Smythe Trophy, as he’s racked up 12 goals and 31 points in 23 games during the postseason. Kuznetsov has picked up seven points in four games during the Stanley Cup Final. He’s just the fifth player in the last nine years to hit the 30-point mark in the playoffs (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Daniel Briere and Logan Couture also scored 30). The series will now shift back to Vegas with the Capitals needing just one more win to hoist the Stanley Cup. They’ll attempt to do that in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Jun 4 - 11:02 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal and picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-1 Game 3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Coming down on a three-on-two, Kuznetsov elected to fire the puck right under Marc-Andre Fleury's arm to give the Caps a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, much to the delight of captain Alex Ovechkin who raised his arms in celebration on the bench. Kuznetsov was a game-time decision heading into tonight's matchup after taking a big hit from Brayden McNabb in Game 2, but was able to suit up and put his stamp on the game. The 26-year-old Russian forward is now up to 12 goals and 27 points through 22 post-season games so far.
Jun 2 - 11:18 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body) will play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Kuznetsov left Game 2 in the first period after he took a hit from Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb. The Caps center took part in the morning skate, so it’s not surprising to see that he’s available for tonight’s clash. The 26-year-old has 11 goals and 14 assists in 21 games this postseason. The fact that he’s active is huge for Washington’s chances of winning the game and the series.
Jun 2 - 7:51 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov is suiting up for warmups ahead of Saturday night’s Game 3 matchup with Vegas.

The cameras caught Kuznetsov suiting up for warmups just a couple of minutes ago. Considering he has practiced the last two days, we’d consider him ready to roll tonight in a huge matchup. We’ll let you know if anything changes. Warmups should be underway any minute now.
Jun 2 - 7:39 PM

Speaking to Russian media, Evgeny Kuznetsov mentioned how his status for tonight's Game 3 matchup is not in his hands.

"Decision is not on me. I'd be ready to play even with broken leg, but also I don't want to let my team down." said Kuznetsov. "Of course you want to play, this is the Stanley Cup Final. But you have to evaluate situation honestly. We'll see how it goes." The Russian forward was hit solidly along the boards by Brayden McNabb and was forced to leave Game 2. McNabb appeared to follow through with his elbow but Kuznetsov had no problems with the collision. "We hit their guys. They hit our guys." said the 26-year-old Russian center. "It’s just a hockey play and I’m never going to judge the referees or some players how they play." He's officially a game-time decision but we'll probably have a better idea on whether or not the Capitals will have their star center for Game 3 based on if Kuznetsov is out with his teammates for pre-game warmups.
Jun 2 - 11:59 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body) was on the top line during Washington's morning skate Saturday.

Kuznetsov may still be listed as a game-time decision for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, but this is obviously a great sign. He also worked on the top power-play unit. Stay tuned for further updates.
Jun 2 - 10:09 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body) is "probably a game-time decision," per Capitals coach Barry Trotz.

Kuznetsov hasn't been medically cleared to play yet, but he was able to participate in Friday's optional practice. The situation initially looked grim when he left Game 2 in the first period, but after he practiced on Friday there's good reason for optimism.
Jun 1 - 4:46 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body) joined the Capitals for Friday's optional practice.

It's not known if Kuznetsov will play in Game 3, but the fact that he was up to joining the Capitals for their skate is a great sign. Kuznetsov sustained the injury in the first period of Game 2 and missed the remainder of that contest.
Jun 1 - 11:26 AM

The Washington Capitals are terming Evgeny Kuznetsov as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Kuznetsov left Game 2 in the first period and didn't return. The Capitals aren't likely to provide much more insight into Kuznetsov's condition given that we're in the Stanley Cup Final. The Capitals were traveling on Thursday and keep in mind that Friday's practice is optional.
May 31 - 6:13 PM

While the Washington Capitals obviously didn't want Evgeny Kuznetsov to get hurt, they did use it as motivation.

Kuznetsov left Game 2 in the first period after absorbing a big, questionable hit from Brayden McNabb. "The hit on Kuzy, we thought was high, and the player didn’t return," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "That was one thing that galvanized us." The Capitals were down 1-0 when Kuznetsov got hurt, but they did seem more energetic after losing him. It wasn't long before Washington tied the game at 1-1 and then the Capitals took a 3-1 lead in the second en route to a 3-2 final. As for Kuznetsov, the Capitals didn't have an update on him after the game so his status for Game 3 remains unclear.
May 31 - 10:15 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov never returned after exiting Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final because of an upper-body injury.

Kuznetsov was forced to leave the game after he took a hit from Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb. The Caps announced that he was questionable to return, but he never did. Head coach Barry Trotz didn't provide a medical update after the game. For what it's worth, Alex Ovechkin mentioned that he expects his teammate to be fine. Kuznetsov is considered day-to-day at this point. Luckily for the Caps, there's an extra day between Game 2 and 3, so he could benefit from the extra rest.
May 30 - 11:40 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body) is questionable to return to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Kuznetsov exited the game after taking a hit from Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb. We'll continue to monitor the situation and we'll provide an update on his status as soon as the Capitals make one available.
May 30 - 9:57 PM

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
7Travis Boyd
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Christian Djoos
6Michal Kempny
7Madison Bowey
8Jakub Jerabek
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Pheonix Copley