Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov was a notable absence from the team's Prospect Development Camp a few weeks ago, but he does not plan for that absence to be much longer. Via Russian Machine Never Breaks, Kuznetsov told Russia's Sports.ru that he plans to come to Washington next season.
Evgeny Kuznetsov revealed to @AOsadchenko of Sports.ru that he is coming to Washington next season.
The 26th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, Kuznetsov has spent the last two seasons - his first two professional seasons - with the KHL's Traktor Chelyabinsk. The 19-year-old Russian had 17 goals and 15 assists in 44 games last season.
Kuznetsov did not attend this year's Development Camp after deciding to stay in Russia for one more season and undergoing shoulder surgery. Yet, one more season in a high level league like the KHL could be good for Kuznetsov.
In fact, he has already placed himself in the Caps' lineup...on EA Sports' NHL 11. Kuznetsov apparently placed himself on a line with fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin, meaning that he is skating on the top line. No comment from Nicklas Backstrom.