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Caps prospect Kuznetsov heads to Germany to check shoulder

Sep 8, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov flew to Germany to assess his injured shoulder this weekend, according to a Sports Express report translated by Russian Machine Never Breaks.

Russian Machine Never Breaks notes that the 21-year-old forward is developing an unfortunate track record of injury concerns, especially shoulder issues. He already has undergone two procedures for his shoulder and has been banged up in every season of his KHL career.

If fragility wasn’t enough of a concern for the Capitals brass, getting him to the NHL has been a headache of its own.

Caps GM George McPhee continues to say all the right things about the process, yet it must be frustrating that he won’t arrive in North America until late next season, if not 2014-15.

The franchise must hope that he’ll make it to the big time in decent condition, then.

  1. capsfan19 - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    If he cant handle the khl how will he handle the nhl?
    Hmmm let’s think of all the massive dudes that he could be checked by on a nightly basis…

    • jpelle82 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      the longer he stays over there the less likely he will be successful in the nhl in my opinion. just look at radulov. dont be fooled about the khl either, thuggery is rampant and it is not a soft league by any measure of comparison, there’s plenty of ways to get hurt over there too.

  2. mmmpierogi - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    That picture is awesome. Looks like a shot of the high school A / V president from a late 80’s yearbook.

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