LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Evgeny Kuznetsov, drafted 26th overall by the Washington Capitals, poses on stage during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Evgeny Kutnetsov has rumored that he wanted to spend more time in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League before joining the Washington Capitals in the NHL. On Monday, the winger made it official by signing a two-year contract with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL.
The Caps selected Kutnetsov with the 26th overall pick of the 2010 NHL Draft when he was just 18 years old. If he plays out his Russian contract, he won't be available to join his team stateside until 2014. With Alexander Semin potentially head elsewhere, Kutznetsov may have earned ice time in Washington this season. He has mentioned making the Olympics among his primary goals before beginning his NHL career in earnest.
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A previous report indicated that former Washington Capitals first-round pick Evgeny Kuznetsov would be staying in Russia playing in the Kontinental Hockey League until at least 2014, but according to the Washington Post he'll remain in the KHL at least one more year.
"We've talked to the agent. It doesn't appear that he's going to make it over for next season," McPhee said. "He's a young guy...We understand why he might not want to leave yet. But at some point he'll want to come to this league. It's the best league in the world. He's a heck of a player so when he's ready to come we'll be ready for him."
The Capitals could be losing second leading scorer Alexander Semin to free agency, so the hope was to add Kuznetsov for an injection of offense into the lineup. It does not appear that the Capitals will see their 20-year-old first round pick next season, however.
about 1 year ago Article 0 comments
Evgeny Kuznetsov will stay in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League until at least 2014, according to reports. He was selected with the Capitals' first pick of the 2010 NHL Draft at 18 years old.