Evgeny Kuznetsov
Position Centre / Right Wing
Shot Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
176 lb (80 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Washington Capitals
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Nationality Flag of Russia Russian
Born May 19 1992 (1992-05-19) (age 28),
Chelyabinsk, Russia
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2010
Washington Capitals
Pro Career 2009 – present

Yevgeny Yevgenyevich Kuznetsov (Russian: Евгений Евгеньевич Кузнецов; born May 19, 1992) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He has represented Russia in junior and senior level competitions on numerous occasions, winning gold medals at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, as well as at the 2012 IIHF World Championship and 2014 IIHF World Championship.

Playing career Edit

Professional Edit

Kuznetsov made his professional debut in the 2009–10 season with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. That season, he played 35 games, totaling eight points. After his performance for Traktor, he was ranked as the third-best European skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, where he was eventually selected in the first round, 26th overall, by the Washington Capitals.

In the 2011-12 season, Kuznetsov was selected to the KHL All-Star Game. During the season, he also won the Continental Cup and bronze medals with his team. It was reported that during the 2013-14 season, Kuznetsov earned $3.8 million to play for Traktor.

On March 8, 2014, Kuznetsov signed an entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals. On March 25, he scored his first career NHL goal, which happened to be a short-handed goal, against the Los Angeles Kings with under a minute left to tie the game; the Capitals, however, eventually lost 5–4 in the shootout.

On April 23, 2015, Kuznetsov scored the first and second Stanley Cup playoff goals of his career against the New York Islanders. In the same game, he also had an assist in an eventual 5–1 Washington win. On April 27, 2015, he scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals against the Islanders in the same series, advancing the Capitals to a Conference Semi-finals match-up against the 2014-15 Presidents Trophy-winning New York Rangers.

During the 2015-16 season, Kuznetsov set a career high in points with 77 and was named to his first All-Star Game as a replacement for Capitals teammate Alexander Ovechkin, who pulled out due to a lower-body injury.

International playEdit

Kuznetsov played for Team Russia at the 2010 World Junior Championships held in Saskatchewan, Canada. He was selected as the player of the game for Russia after the preliminary round game against Austria.

Kuznetsov again represented Russia in the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York. He was the only 18-year-old on the Russian team; every other player was 19. He finished second in the tournament in scoring, with four goals and seven assists in seven games. He also had three assists in the gold medal game, in which Russia overcame a 3–0 deficit in the third period against Canada to win 5–3. Kuznetsov was named by the tournament coaches as one of the three best players on his team, and was named to the tournament all-star team by the media. He was also named the best player in the match against Norway, in which he recorded one goal and one assist. He finished tied for second in the tournament in scoring, alongside teammate Vladimir Tarasenko, with four goals and seven assists.

Kuznetsov then served as team captain for Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championships, the third year in a row he participated in the tournament. On December 29, 2011, in a game against Latvia, Kuznetsov recorded three goals and six assists for nine points in an emphatic 14–0 win for Russia. This set a record for most points by a Russian player at the World Juniors, as well as the second-highest total in a game in the history of the tournament, one point behind Peter Forsberg of Sweden, who set the record in 1993.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 35 2 7 9 10 4 1 0 1 0
2010-11 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 44 17 15 32 30
2010-11 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 8 10 5 15 4 5 0 2 2 10
2011-12 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 49 19 21 40 30 12 7 2 9 10
2012-13 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 51 19 25 44 42 25 5 6 11 28
2013-14 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 31 8 13 21 12
2013-14 Washington Capitals NHL 17 3 6 9 6
2014-15 Washington Capitals NHL 80 11 26 37 24 14 5 2 7 8
2015-16 Washington Capitals NHL 82 20 57 77 32 12 1 1 2 8
KHL Totals 35 2 7 9 10 4 1 0 1 0


Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia WJC18 Silver medal icon 7 6 7 13 10
2010 Russia WJC18 4th 7 5 7 12 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 2 0 2 10
Junior int'l totals 13 8 7 15 20

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