Photo credit: Elena Rusko, Russian Hockey Federation
Evgeny Kuznetsov was back on the ice this weekend. After successfully rehabbing from shoulder surgery, one of Russia’s most gifted young players was called up to the National Team to play in the annual Four Nations Tournament, which was held in Podolsk, about an hour outside of Moscow. Kuznetsov was also awarded the “C” on his jersey, as Blues’ top prospect Vladimir Tarasenko has graduated from the Under-20 team.
Kuznetsov mixes it up with Finland's Micke-Max Asten (Photo credit: Elena Rusko, Russian Hockey Federation)
In the first game, Russia beat the Czech Republic, 2-1, and Kuznetsov didn’t total any points. He did, however, make his presence known throughout the game.
In game two, Russia smashed Finland, who sent their B squad on the ice, 11-4. Kuznetsov scored two goals and was named the team’s player of the game. Surprisingly, he also was also involved in a pushing and shoving match with Micke-Max Asten late in the game, which resulted in both players receiving double minors for roughing.