Caps prospect Kuznetsov out 4-6 weeks with fractured shoulder

  • Michael Prosser

Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuzentsov will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured shoulder

Bad news for Russian prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov. On Monday in a game against Vityaz Chekov, Kuznetsov suffered a shoulder injury after taking a hit from Vityaz’s Maxim Rybin, a 5th round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 1999, immediately leaving the ice. Kuznetsov gave an interview with  All Sport’s Alexey Shevchenko on Monday explaining the nature of the injury.

The preliminary diagnosis is a fracture of the shoulder capsule. The doctor said the preliminary recovery

The shoulder capsule

time is four to six weeks. But tomorrow I’ll undergo the new evaluation and it may result in a correction in the rehab timetable. It’s unclear what’s up with the nerve — it took time for the doctors to figure it out today. But anyway, on Sept. 11th I’ll go home. The doctor said that during the rehab any physical activity is prohibited. In three to four weeks I’ll have to come back to Munich to get my condition checked.

Evgeny Kuznetsov on the nature of his injury

Kuznetsov’s shoulder injury, in what’s being called a fractured shoulder capsule, is a fracture of the connective tissue around the glenohumeral joint and will take 4 to 6 weeks to heal, hopefully allowing Kuznetsov time to play, showcasing his talents for the Russian National Team. This is yet another injury to Kuznetsov’s shoulder, having injured it in September of 2010.


A first round pick in 2010, Kuznetsov scored 44 points in 51 games last season with Traktor Chelyabinsk but has zero points in the two games he’s played.

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