Photo: Geoff Burke

Thursday night against the New York Islanders, one Russian player sent a pass to another Russian player, who scored. This time it was Evgeny Kuznetsov to Alex Ovechkin for the latter’s 36th goal of the season. It was only the latest example of Kuznetsov’s fearsome weapon: the behind-the-back assist (or the Kuzy pass from the Kuzy spot).

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Evgeny Kuznetsov

Photo credit: Elena Rusko

So, we may have come on a bit strong.

We’re sorry if we made you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed, Evgeny Kuznetsov. If you just need some space, that’s fine, we understand. We thought you were just playing hard to get, but we’ve been wrong before.

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Will The Caps Draft Another Russian In The First Round?

Alex Ovechkin Drafted First in the 2004 Draft is seen here posing with Ted Leonsis and George McPhee. Photo by REUTERS/Ellen Ozier

Since taking Alex Ovechkin with the First Overall Pick in the 2004 Draft, the Washington Capitals have selected 5 Russians in the Draft since. Some of the notables include Dmitri Kugryshev (Be his friend on facebook), goal-sabotager Semyon Varlamov and (The second coming of Bobby Orr) Dmitri Orlov.

Well this year, with the Capitals atop the league standings and readying for a deep run in the playoffs (despite what R.J. Umberger thinks), RMNB is here to profile 3 talented Russian Prospects that could fall to the end of the first round of this year’s entry draft which will be held June 25–26, 2010 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Who are they? RMNB Russian Correspondent Fedor Fedin did days worth of research and here’s what he found.

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