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Evgeny Kuznetsov | Center

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 172
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Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal and added an assist for the Capitals in a 4-3 loss to Columbus on Tuesday night.
His ice time has been limited this season, which has been partially to blame for his meager scoring totals, but even sparse playing time can't be the only cause for his recent seven-game pointless drought. Troy Brouwer and Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington in the loss. Jan 27 - 11:36 PM

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Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal in a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Kuznetsov has four goals and 13 points in 32 contests in 2014-15. He's got a lot of offensive upside, so he'll be worth keeping in mind for 2015-16 fantasy drafts even if he doesn't put up big numbers this season.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 06:34:00 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov will skate for Andre Burkovsky against the Devils on Saturday night.

The rookie center is expected to be flanked by Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer. Said Coach Trotz of his two young centermen, "Right now, based on performance and where we are at the center ice position as well as on the wings, we're going to platoon them a little bit maybe, but it's all on performance
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 06:58:00 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov is a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Carolina.

The 22-year-old has two goals and eight points in 23 games this season. Kuznetsov has one goal and one assist in his last 12 games. Liam O'Brien is also a healthy scratch for the Capitals on Thursday.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov was moved up to the second line on Friday.

Kuznetsov responded with a goal and an assist in the 5-2 win over the Islanders as he played alongside Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer while Andre Burkovsky moved down to the fourth line between Brooks Laich and Jay Beagle. Perhaps this is the impetus that Kuznetsov needs to become a good offensive performer in the NHL.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist in Washington's 5-2 victory over the Islanders.

Marcus Johansson also had a goal and a helper for the Capitals. Matt Niskanen had a goal and two assists to give him 10 points in 22 contests. Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward were Washington's other two goal scorers on Friday.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 07:43:00 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov replaced Andre Burkovsky on the second line Saturday.

Burkovsky moved up to play with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom while Kuznetsov was alongside Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer. Coach Barry Trotz is shuffling lines to get the Capitals going. Kuznetsov has only a goal and six points in 16 games this season. The highly touted prospect is still finding his way in the NHL and needs to play as a top-six forward to do so.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 09:08:00 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been seeing time on the fourth line this season.

Kuznetsov has been playing alongside Liam O'Brien and Chris Brown, not exactly Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri of the current NHL. But Kuznetsov is averaging less than a dozen minutes of action and that will increase once coach Barry Trotz is comfortable enough to place him on a top-two line. In the meantime, try to stash Kuznetsov on your reserve squad.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 10:38:00 AM

Coach Barry Trotz has been playing Evgeny Kuznetsov against physical teams like the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins in pre-season.

Trotz wants to see how Kuznetsov handles himself against this type of competition. "If you want as much North American games as you're going to get, you're going to get it from those two teams," Trotz said. "I did that on purpose because I need him to play in those games and get acclimated. His skill set is exceptional. He's got size, he's got skill. He's got to find his way on how he's going to be able to produce. I played him with guys like [Troy] Brouwer, who's a pretty good player. I've also played him with guys like Wardo and Chimmer, who work well together. He's got a little taste of everything. ... He's a smart player, he's exceptionally smart. He's got to figure his way out." Kuznetsov is slated to play as the second line center and should approach 50 points if he sees enough power play time.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov won just five of 15 faceoffs in Monday's preseason game.

While a lot of statistics are easy to dismiss during the preseason, Kuznetsov's struggles on the draw are something Capitals coach Barry Trotz wants him to focus on. "It's not really valued that high, I don't think, over there [in Russia] as much as maybe here," Trotz said. "I don't know that, but I don't know of other guys that have come over that have been very good except for maybe [Sergei] Fedorov." Kuznetsov has a lot of offensive upside, but it remains to be seen if he'll consistently serve as a top-six forward this season.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Evegeny Kuznetsov leads the pack at this time to become the second line center in Washington.

Kuznetsov is battling Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Brooks Laich for the job but right now it appears that Johansson will play on the first line with Ovechkin and Backstrom while Burkovsky will likely return to junior and play with Erie of the OHL. Kuznetsov has a ton of offensive skill but temper his point totals this year and be happy if he reaches the 40-45 point mark.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:43:00 PM

New Washington coach Barry Trotz reiterated this week that he sees Evgeny Kuznetsov as a center going forward.

Kuznetsov spent a bit of time on the wing under Adam Oates, but Trotz envisions him solely up the middle and believes he can be an asset to the team in the right situation. "I’m going to play [Kuznetsov] in the middle right through, and if you get some people who are pretty hard-driving guys on his wing he could be a great fit," Trotz said. Despite Trotz's reputation as a defensive-minded head coach, his arrival could lead to a breakout for the young Russian.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 10:06:00 AM

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said the team may give Evgeny Kuznetsov a shot at being the team's No. 2 center next season.

"We're going to have to develop one of our young guys to play second-line center," he said. "I think it's hard to add in free agency." Mikhail Grabovski can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Washington is looking into re-signing him. Kuznetsov notched three goals and nine points in 17 games with the Caps in 2013-14 after he joined the club in March.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov ended the World Championships with two goals in 10 games to go with his gold medal.

Kuznetsov came over to the NHL after the Olympic Games and had three goals and nine points in 17 games before being named to the Russian squad for the World Championships. The former first round pick and 26th overall in 2010 is highly regarded so do not be surprised to see a 25-plus goal effort and 50-plus points in the 2014-15 season.
Mon, May 26, 2014 07:23:00 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov was placed on the second line Saturday, alongside Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson.

Kuznetsov potted his third goal of the season and now has eight points in 13 games. Look for a big increase next season as he will be one of the most highly touted rookies heading into the 2014-15 season.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Andre Burakovsky
4Jay Beagle
5Eric Fehr
6Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Dmitry Orlov
7John Erskine
8Jack Hillen
9Cam Schilling
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters