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Caps draft Kuznetsov

With the 26th pick, the Caps drafted Russian center Evgeny Kuznetsov. I'll have more on the pick later. I have to crank out a newspaper story first.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 25, 2010; 10:32 PM ET
 
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Tarik...the hockey news lists him as a LW.

Figures that the Habs...once again...rain on our parade.

Posted by: MyJobsMyCredit | June 25, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

nhl.com's prospects report has him as a center. 2 of the 3 mock drafts on nhl.com had him going late 1st, so I would guess he's worth it.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 25, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

So, does this mean he could be the second line center that the Caps need?

Posted by: dccitizen1 | June 25, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

VS reported that Kuznetsov had a 2 year commitment to his KHL team, and they thought he would *not* be coming over this year and that the Caps could wait for him.

Anyway, welcome aboard Geno. Work hard and you, too, can have your own private table at Russia House.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | June 25, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

A few years down the road, maybe. I believe that what I heard was that he has two years left on his contract in Russia, and that he had publicly stated that he was going to finish that contract first. He's only 18, so a couple years in Russia isn't going to hurt.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 25, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Love this absolutely love this pick.

I was hoping between, Burmistrov, Tarasenko, Kuznetsov one of them would fall to us because of the Russian Factor. If there was no risk of Russian Factor all of these players would have been gone in top 15 easily.

2 years away but his skill is absolutely immense. Will be able to watch him this year at the World Juniors. He dominated the World Juniors U18.

Could really pay off in 2 years. He is already playing as a 17 year old in KHL.

Posted by: lightshow | June 25, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

What are his measurables and how old is he?

He looked to have a very slight build.

Posted by: tmac2yao | June 25, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

6'0, 172, turned 18 just over a month ago. Left handed shooter.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?csid=7HAJQC

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 25, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

@lightshow

Do you watch a lot of Russian hockey? You seem to know a lot about the Russian prospects.

Posted by: tmac2yao | June 25, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Very dynamic skill level. Extremely quick, soft hands. Controls the puck like he's got it on a string and holds onto it for an extra split second, giving linemates time to cut to open ice for his decisive feeds. Superb patience around the net - outwaits goalies and always forces them to make the first move. Tremendous natural sniper who buries his chances."
- Red Line Report 2010 Draft Guide

Posted by: Riddler1 | June 25, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao,

That's because I am Russian and I follow Russian hockey. This crop of Russian Players is probably the best we had drafted in the NHL in 3 years at least or since Ovie and Malkin were drafted. Not as dominant as those two but a notch below. Like I said if there was no fear in these guys coming over they would all be drafted in top 15 easily.

Bottom line GMGM basically picked a top 15 talent with a 26th pick in my opinion.

Posted by: lightshow | June 25, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

ESPN pretty much just confirms my thinking.
TOP 8 talent that was drafted with a 26th pick.

Breakdown EJ Hradek

Scouts thought that Kuznetsov was the best player at the February U-18 invitational in Belarus. He has great skills and great skating. Signability is the only thing that caused him to drop out of top eight. Kuznetsov has a two-year deal with his KHL club, but the Capitals had to have done their homework. Not quite sure that this addresses a need (at least immediately) but you have to expect deals (Tomas Fleischmann, Alexander Semin) might follow. It's not like this team lacked offense. Last year it had skilled forwards who couldn't find ice time.

Posted by: lightshow | June 25, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Pens got Hamhuis' rights for a third round pick next year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | June 25, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Pens got Hamhuis' rights for a third round pick next year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | June 25, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

What I'm seeing on scouting reports seems to back what lightshow is saying. The mock drafts that had Kuznetsov going so low were saying that he was a risk due to being Russian - which would indicate that he would have been higher if he had been American or Canadian. However, Kuznetsov has stated a few times that he wants to play in the NHL - so that fear might have been groundless. Regardless, it will be at least 2 years before we see him here. A couple years to get better certainly won't hurt.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 25, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

On Hamhuis, that's the news I didn't want to hear. His rights now with the Pens.

I assume Gonch is good as gone from the Pens.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 25, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Pens got Hamhuis' rights for a third round pick next year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | June 25, 2010 11:18 PM

Very odd move for the Flyers to make... trading a #1 dman to a division rival who was missing that type of player? I'd love to know what Holmgren was thinking.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 25, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Pens got Hamhuis' rights for a third round pick next year.

Posted by: icehammer97

Ouch...


Posted by: underpants2 | June 25, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

@timmy

I've largely stepped away from the hockey scene since the Caps lost.

Are you saying that Hamhuis was acquired by the Flyers recently and then flipped almost immediately to the Pens?

Posted by: tmac2yao | June 25, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Yes. Flyers traded Ryan Parent for the rights to Hamhuis, maybe a week ago. Tonight, traded him to the Pens for a 3rd round pick. Apparently, they couldn't reach a deal with Hamhuis. My guess is, Hamhuis wanted #1 dman money, when he would have been a 2nd pair dman with Philly. He'll get #1 dman money in Pittsburgh - he'll easily be their best.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 25, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Hope to see Kuznetsov with the Caps some day. For all the trivia fans, Kuznetsov is the equivalent of "Smith" in Russia.

(Kovalchuk is also a variant of Smith, but of Ukrainian origin.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 25, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75,

Very true, there is certainly many Kuznetsov's and Kuznetsova's in Russia.

Posted by: lightshow | June 25, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

So, is there a movie in Russia called Mr. and Mrs. Kuznetsov?

Posted by: tmac2yao | June 25, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Here is some more good press for this kid.

From NHL.com

Kuznetsov, a 6-foot, 172 pound center who was Central Scouting's third-ranked European.

"He is fast, skillful and talented," Central Scouting Goran Stubb said. "He is also a leader on the ice, he was captain of the Russian Under-18 team and he had an excellent tournament. He is very skilled."


At this point its obvious we got a top notch talent that should have been drafted in top 10. It will all come down to his desire to play in the NHL. He has said numerous times he wants to play in NHL. In 2 years when his contract with KHL runs out he will be 20 years old and ready to step right in.

Posted by: lightshow | June 26, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

So, is there a movie in Russia called Mr. and Mrs. Kuznetsov?

Posted by: tmac2yao | June 25, 2010 11:53 PM


LOL!

Posted by: lightshow | June 26, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

From what I've read, I'm quite happy with this pick. 3 seasons from now, he could easily be our #2 center.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 26, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

So, is there a movie in Russia called Mr. and Mrs. Kuznetsov?

Posted by: tmac2yao | June 25, 2010 11:53 PM


No, but there is one called Mr. Kuznetsov Goes to Washington!

I saw lots of quotes that he really wants to play in the NHL. but I also saw quote that he really wanted to be a Ranger :~(

Posted by: Baildog | June 26, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

He did say he wanted to be a Ranger, but I won't hold that against him.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 26, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

@lightshow

I would also presume there are lots of Kovalchuks in Russia and the Ukraine as well as Kovalchuk means "Smithson".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 26, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

This clown doesn't fill a need. bust

Posted by: doughless | June 26, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what a pick - I can't believe we got this kid, given the Caps' drafting position. Terrific work by GMGM - and I haven't always said that in the past, but fair is fair to get this kid where we did is just unreal. Awesome!

TSN shows their ignorance once again - the kid captained a very good Russian U-18 team, but those 'geniuses' question his character.

And I"m not worried about his bulk, I'm sure Ovie can impart some advice in that regard.

Posted by: govtimbo | June 27, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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