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Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov was traveling to see doctors this morning to get his leg injury evaluated, but he did receive some good news while on the way. Kuznetsov, along with three others (including former Capital Jakub Klepis), were named to the KHL All-Star game.
This is the fourth consecutive season Kuznetsov has been named an All Star. The game will be held in Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia) on January 11, 2014.
The KHL first announced the news this morning on their Facebook page. Igor Kleyner has your translation.
Additional players are joining Team West and Team East for their KHL All Stars Game game on January 11th. Having considered the fans interests and reasonable suggestions by the professional hockey journalists, the KHL made the decision to add four more forwards to the star rosters. Team West will be joined by Geoff Platt of Dinamo Minsk and Jakub Klepis of Lev Praha, while Team
WestEast is reinforced by Denis Parshin from Torpedo and Evgeny Kuznetsov from Traktor.
There was a bit of an uproar in the media when Kuznetsov was initially snubbed a few weeks earlier, despite him missing part of the year due to shoulder surgery. He is still one of the league’s brightest and most interesting stars. Without him, some in the media believed the game would have lost some of its luster.
Kuznetsov accepting the nomination also could be construed as good news as well. The festivities, which are in two weeks, could hint that the scary injury Kuzya suffered on Christmas day is minor.
Additional reporting by Igor Kleyner.