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Evgeny Kuznetsov
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Born May 19, 1992 (1992-05-19) (age 27)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center / Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Washington Capitals
Traktor Chelyabinsk
National team Template:Country data RUS
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2010
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2007–present

Evgeny Kuznetsov (born Yevgeny Yevgenyevich Kuznetsov on May 19, 1992) is a Russian professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Evgeny made his professional debut in the 2009–10 season with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. That season, he played 35 games, totaling eight points.

After his performance for Traktor, he was ranked as the third-best European skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft where he was eventually selected in the first round (26th overall) by the Washington Capitals.

In the 2011–12 season, Evgeny was selected to the KHL All-Star Game. During the season, he also won the Continental Cup & bronze medals with his team. It was reported that during the 2013–14 season, he earned $3.8 million to play for Traktor.

On March 8, 2014, Evgeny signed an entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

On March 25, 2014, he scored his first career NHL goal, which happened to be a short-handed goal against the Los Angeles Kings with under a minute left to tie the game, but the Capitals eventually lost the game 5–4 in the shootout.

On April 23, 2015, Evgeny scored the first and second Stanley Cup playoff goals of his career against the New York Islanders. In the same game, he also had an assist in an eventual 5–1 Washington win.

On April 27, 2015, he scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals against the Islanders in the same series, advancing the Capitals to a Conference Semi-finals match-up against the 2014–15 Presidents' Trophy-winning New York Rangers.

During the 2015–16 season, Evgeny was named to his first All-Star Game as a replacement for Alexander Ovechkin, who pulled out due to a lower-body injury.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Traktor-2 Chelyabinsk RUS-3 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Traktor-2 Chelyabinsk RUS-3 22 5 15 16 40
2009–10 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 9 4 12 16 8 2 1 2 3 4
2009–10 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 35 2 6 8 10 4 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 44 17 15 32 30
2010–11 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 8 10 5 15 4 5 0 2 2 10
2011–12 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 49 19 21 40 30 12 7 2 9 10
2012–13 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 51 19 25 44 42 25 5 6 11 28
2013–14 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 31 8 13 21 12
2013–14 Washington Capitals NHL 17 3 6 9 6
2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 80 11 26 37 24 14 5 2 7 8
2015–16 Washington Capitals NHL 82 20 57 77 32 12 1 1 2 8
KHL totals 210 65 81 146 124 53 14 9 23 46
NHL totals 179 34 89 123 62 26 6 3 9 16

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Russia U18 Template:Silver2 7 6 7 13 10
2010 Russia U18 4th 7 5 7 12 6
2010 Russia WJC 6th 6 2 0 2 10
2011 Russia WJC Template:Gold1 7 4 7 11 4
2012 Russia WJC Template:Silver2 6 6 7 13 2
2012 Russia WC Template:Gold1 10 2 4 6 4
2013 Russia WC 6th 3 1 0 1 2
2014 Russia WC Template:Gold1 10 1 1 2 4
2016 Russia WC Template:Brca 6 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 33 23 28 51 32
Senior totals 29 5 6 11 10

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Country data RUS Russia
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2012 Helsinki
Gold 2014 Minsk
Bronze 2016 Russia
World Junior Championships
Gold 2011 USA
Silver 2012 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver 2009 USA

Evgeny played for Russia at the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Saskatchewan, Canada. He finished the tournament with two goals and was selected as the player of the game for Russia after the preliminary round game against Austria.

Kuznetsov again represented Russia in the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York. He was the only 18-year-old on the Russian team; every other player was 19. He finished second in the tournament in scoring, with four goals and seven assists in seven games.

Evgeny also had three assists in the gold medal game, in which Russia overcame a 3–0 deficit in the third period against Canada to win 5–3. He was named by the tournament coaches as one of the three best players on his team and was named to the tournament all-star team by the media.

Evgeny was also named the best player in the match against Norway, in which he recorded one goal and one assist. He finished tied for second in the tournament in scoring, alongside teammate Vladimir Tarasenko with four goals and seven assists.

He then served as team captain for Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championships, the third year in a row he participated in the tournament.

On December 29, 2011, in a game against Latvia, Evgeny recorded three goals and six assists for nine points in an emphatic 14–0 win for Russia which set a record for most points by a Russian player at the World Juniors, as well as the second-highest total in a game in the history of the tournament (one point behind Peter Forsberg of Sweden, who set the record in 1993).

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star 2010
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships First Team All-Star 2011
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships First Team All-Star 2012
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Best Forward 2012
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Most Valuable Player 2012
NHL First Star of the Week 18 October 2015 – 25 October 2015 2015
NHL All Star Game 2016
NHL First Star of the Month January 2016