Evgeny Kuznetsov gets instructions from Traktor’s bench boss Valery Belousov (Photo creditL HC Barys)
Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals in Traktor Chelyabinsk’s convincing 5-1 away win over Barys Astana. Kuznetsov scored his first goal on Saturday and now added two more to his total. Video is under the jump.
Washington Capitals top collegiate prospect Riley Barber is still lighting up the NCAA. Two weeks ago, I wrote about his big weekend against Ohio State. He’s been playing well since, recording points in all but one of Miami University’s six games.
He had a three-point night on Saturday in a 4-4 tie against Providence College.
Red alert! Washington Capitals top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov has finally scored his first goal of the KHL season.
Coming into Sunday’s game against Avangard, Kuznetsov, who missed six weeks of the season with a shoulder injury, had just one assist and a minus-9 — that’s bad even if it’s not a real stat — in the first six games of he played.
Both teams, who faced each other in the Eastern Conference finals last season, were surprisingly outside of the playoff picture as of Saturday — Traktor was ninth and Avangard was tied for 12th in the East. Thankfully for these two teams, someone had to win this game.
Kuznetsov, who has had trouble finding the net since late last season, finally got lucky. While Traktor was on a five-on-three power play, Kuznetsov tried to feed the puck to a wide-open Jan Bulis in front of the net. Instead, the puck got a mind of its own, and hopped under Bulis’s stick and went in off Avangard defenseman Nikita Pivtsakin’s skate.
In an interview to Alexey Shevchenko of KHL Fanzone in September, Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov emphasized his eagerness to jump to the NHL after the season’s end yet again. However, he said that a five- to seven-year offer in Russia might get him “thinking.”
It’s tough to blame Kuznetsov for wanting a secure financial future, but there’s one problem: He will never get that type of deal in the KHL. Let’s examine Kuznetsov’s comments from the interview.
Barber wraps around Ohio State’s net. (Photo credit: Michael Griggs/Miami University)
Sixth-round 2012 draft pick Riley Barber has picked up this season right where he left off. In his first two games, a non-conference home-and-home between Barber’s No. 2-ranked Miami University and cross-state rivals Ohio State University, Barber scored seven points: two assists in the 6-2 road blowout on Friday and four goals and one helper in a 6-3 convincing home win on Saturday. Barber, who plays right wing on his team’s top line with Max Cook and Austin Czarnik, now leads NCAA in goals and points. Continue Reading
Burakovsky is interviewed after being named first star of the game. (Photo via DaneFox)
Washington Capitals 2013 first-round pick Andre Burakovsky had his best game in the OHL so far on Saturday. He was named first star of the game after scoring a goal and recording four assists in the Erie Otters’ 8-4 win over the North Bay Battalion.
Carrick signs his deal. (Photo credit: @CapitalsPR)
Capitals defensive prospect Connor Carrick has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the club, according to Mike Vogel. Via CSN’s Chuck Gormley, Carrick’s deal carries a $550,000 NHL salary in years one and two, and a cap hit of $575,000 in year three.
Unfortunately, when Galiev first played for the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, he looked lost at times. He struggled on defense, not surprising considering how easy things came for him in juniors. The game was just a little bit too quick for him.
Because of that hard work, Galiev was arguably the team’s best player in Washington’s first preseason game of the year Saturday. Less than one week into training camp, Galiev might have turned a corner in his development.