Almost four years after he was drafted by the team, Evgeny Kuznetsov has been signed by the Washington Capitals. Drafted 26th overall in 2010, Kuznetsov has stayed in Russia, playing for the KHL’s Traktor Chelyabinsk. For the past year we’ve had indications Kuznetsov would finally be coming over. That came to a head a few days ago when he voided his expiring contract with Traktor after they failed to make the playoffs.

Just after 1 pm today, the Caps announced they had signed the 21-year-old to a two-year entry level contract. Caps GM George McPhee will talk about the signing tonight at Verizon Center. Tomorrow morning at 8, Kuznetsov will take the ice as a member of the Washington Capitals for the first time before addressing the media. He will be wearing his usual number 92.

From the Capitals’ release:

The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with forward Evgeny Kuznetsov on an entry-level contract beginning this season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Kuznetsov, 21, played in 31 games with Chelyabinsk Traktor of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, recording 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and 12 penalty minutes. The 6’3”, 200-pound center ranks fourth on the team in points and assists. Kuznetsov led Chelyabinsk in scoring in each season from 2010-13 and finished tied for sixth in the league in scoring (44 points) last season. Kuznetsov was named to the KHL All-Star game in 2012.

Kuznetsov represented Russia at the World Junior Championships three times (2010, 2011, 2012), earning a gold medal in 2011 and a silver medal in 2012. During the 2011 tournament, he recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in seven games, including three assists in Russia’s 5-3 win over Canada in the gold medal game. Kuznetsov finished tied for second in the tournament in points and was named a First Team All-Star. Kuznetsov served as captain of the Russian team at the 2012 World Junior Championship. He recorded 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in six games and collected First Team All-Star, Best Forward and Most Valuable Player honors at the tournament.

In 210 career regular-season KHL games with Chelyabinsk, Kuznetsov has recorded 146 points (65 goals, 81 assists) and 124 penalty minutes. The Chelyabinsk, Russia, native was drafted by the Capitals in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Kuznetsov will wear No. 92 with Washington.

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  • Thejapuma

    I just went from 6 to midnight…

  • James Desautels

    Dont get too excited, Oates will prob scratch him for Volpatti or a random AHL lifer

  • Ben


  • JakeDubber

    C’mon now lets not be too realistic!

  • yv

    First game vs Pens on Monday in VC? The big Q where he would be initially, buried like Wilson or in Ovi’s line and protected?

  • Clint Petty

    Evengy? Might wanna check his name in bold. Sorry to be grammar police.

    In other thoughts, I would much rather have him as 2C tonight over Beagle regardless of the fact that he’s never played a game in the NHL before.

    Quickly Kuzya, we need you!

  • I think that’s a big reach.

  • Matt Root

    Woo! Don’t have to order another jersey since my 92 gamble paid off.

    So anyone that mocked the purchase can ponder these two simple words..

    Suck it

  • Clint Petty

    I’d like to see him as 2C with Fehr and Brouwer on the wings

  • Freedoooom

    Did the same thing. 🙂

  • Ash

    Man, I know he’s not going to save the season, but I’m glad I get to be happy about something this week 🙂

  • yv

    Curiously, Caps official, by some reason, not mentioning that he also won gold medal in WC in addition to KHL’s kontinental championship, so quite a resume to start.

  • Кулёк Кулёкович

    He made his debut on March 10 in the match against Pittsburgh.

    Waiting repetition -5 from Crosby

  • Johnius

    Somebody already said this on Facebook, but I would buy a few (dozen) “Kuzy Coozies” if RMNB sold them.

  • He’s not a center.


    That’s a lot to ask from a guy who barely knows the system and is a rookie in the NHL during a playoff run.

  • yv

    With Oates he will be?!

  • Clint Petty

    I know, I know. But I just won’t be able to take it if Beagle is top 6 forward tonight

  • bggb

    Adam Oates cares not.

  • bggb

    Stanley Cup here we come!

  • Maybe – in time. But again, he hasn’t played that position for three years and he’s not going to have many practices with the team. He can’t win face-offs. I’m not sure now is the time to experiment with that in a playoff run.

  • Dark Stranger

    Then again, Volpatti’s on LTIR so that’s not an option. But looks like he’ll play vs Pens

  • Matthew

    i doubt it

  • William

    This is an all positive thread here! no negativity!

  • Matthew McGinnity


  • bggb

    You sure?

  • Ash

    Wait, so who’s going to make the red velvet cupcakes to welcome him?

  • JenniferH


  • Kuzya#92

    I came to the comments looking for hilarious, happy gifs. Guess I’ll just put one how im feeling.

  • Phil Owen

    It all depends on Laich’s nether region.

  • Kuzya#92

    Apparently I dont know how to post gifs…

  • Phil Owen

    Monday night –
    92/17 – 19 – 8
    92/17 – 90 – 20
    25 – 16/21 – 42
    67/16/21 – 83 – 43

    Depends on Laich’s groin.

  • Chris Cerullo

    Feel the goals! Feel the dangles! Get on up, its KUZYA time!

  • Chris Cerullo

    I tried. (Cool Runnings reference)

  • Guest

    To the people who are saying ‘he still needs to learn the system’, what exactly is the ‘system’. Something like turn over the puck at the neutral zone and skate in circles when in the defensive zone.

  • OrderedChaos

    Oh no… wearing #92 means he will skate in circles and do nothing but pass.

  • Matt Lauer


  • Matthew Kory

    I’m excited to see him play. Hopefully he can stay healthy and give the Caps a good idea of what he can do so they can adequately plan for his role next season. Oh, and win games this year, make the playoffs yada yada yada

  • Jonah

    he will need to learn the difference between NHL and OLY ice. as a player its a big transition and for a guy who uses speed and his vision it will take a while to get used to the league.

  • I tried

  • Smiley456

    Playoff Run? Umm, I tend to think it’s going to be a Run Out The Year Run.

  • I’m skeptical and think it’s unlikely they’re going to make the playoffs. The games leading up to the playoffs is what I was referring to.

  • yv

    In KHL, at-least, half-dozen teams playing on NHL-size rinks with IIHF markings, which make D/O-zone even smaller than in NHL. So, nothing new for them.

  • Hockey mom

    Heck! I can’t figure out how to add pictures! UGH!!

  • yv

    if serious HM than, click left ‘mountain’ icon below your comment box.

  • Jake Ettawakapow

    When I usually find gifs, I right click “open image in new tab, copy the link and past it when youre gonna comment.

  • Guest
  • Jake Ettawakapow


  • Eric Schulz

    Yeah, he’s going to be great until he learns the system; let’s enjoy him until then.

  • OlietheGoalie

    Another bonafide ace sniper. Maybe that’s what we needed.

    (and defense, but…y’know. Can only beat a horse for so long.)

  • Jayleigh

    ^There’s the negative comment. Bubble burst. 🙁

  • araporrada21

    I am so excisited

  • Alex Hughes

    Looks like I’ll have to create him in NHL 14 until a roster update comes out.

  • Roy Schue

    Kuzya time!!