Caps prospect Kuznetsov to finally join team

  • Michael Prosser

Evgeny Kuznetsov, seen here after being drafted in 2010, will be making his way to the Capital District now that the KHL season is over. (courtesy of Hockey’s Future)

It’s official!

After angering the hockey Gods somehow in Sunday’s 5-4 overtime loss against the Flyers, the Hockey Gods shine thier light on the boys in Red with the arrival of highly talented prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov; and he couldn’t have come at a better time! Russian sports reporter Igor Eronko tweeted out earlier today that the pride of Chelyabinsk and 2010 1st round pick would be joining the Capitals after finishing his game with his former KHL team Traktor Chelyabinsk. Traktor, who’s playoff hopes were dashed after finishing ninth and losing to Ak Bars Kazan in a shootout 3-2 , with former Winnipeg Jets first round pick Alexander Burmistrov scored the shootout clincher. Despite the loss, Kuznetsov did score a goal but sent his shootout attempt wide of Kazan goaltender  Konstantin Barulin.

The move couldn’t come at a better time either! With the Capitals battling for one of the two Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference as well as positioning within the Metropolitan Division, “Kuzy” as he’ll more than likely be known throughout the Capital District will bring a much needed offensive weapon that will add an extra dynamic to coach Adam Oates’ offense, and saves General Manager George McPhee from trading players and picks for a rental guy like a Matt Moulson or even a Tomas Vanek.

With the Trade Deadline just over 24 hours away, fans and players alike are anxiously waiting to see what moves McPhee and company make, who’s going to be the first move, and what’s the Domino Effect going to be like after that first trade happens. Will the Capitals finally acquire that illusive defenseman they’ve been searching for? Or will we choke and trade for another forward? It doesn’t matter Evgeny Kuznetsov will finally be in a Capitals uniform! Expect to see the next great “Mad Russian” in the Red when the Caps suit up against either the Philadelphia Flyers or the Boston Bruins depending on Immigration.  It’s very possible however that Kuznetsov will report to Hershey where he’ll adjust to the North American style of play, smaller ice surface, and new system but fear not Caps fans, he’ll be here very soon!

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