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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.

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