Photo credit: Elena Rusko

By now you’ve probably seen the video of Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov writhing in pain after absorbing an illegal check in a KHL game late last month. Well, it looks like things aren’t nearly as bad as they first appeared. Kuznetsov’s North American agent, Jay Grossman, confirmed reports that Kuznetsov suffered a severe bruise but no structural damage.

“If all goes according to plan he will return to play at some point during the playoffs,” Grossman wrote in an email to RMNB. Kuznetsov’s team, Traktor Chelyabinsk, is currently playing Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk in the first-round of the Gagarin Cup playoffs. They lead the series 3-1.

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