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Video: Kuznetsov shows why Caps eagerly awaited his arrival

Mar 14, 2014, 9:07 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals and their fans waited quite a while to see what propsect Evgeny Kuznetsov might have to offer. They didn’t need to sit through too many of his games to see what he can do once he finally jumped to North America, however.

As of this writing, the 21-year-old collected his first two assists at the NHL level as the Caps faced the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. His first was a secondary helper on an Alex Ovechkin goal, but his second was the most impressive, as he collected a primary assist with this beauty of a slap-pass to Tom Wilson:

At this rate, he may very well prove that he was worth the wait.

Update: Kuznetsov collected a third assist, giving him a point-per-game (despite all three helpers coming in the same contests) at the NHL level as Washington won 4-3.

  1. alexnewca - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Maybe now Oates will let him play on the top line, instead of burying him on the 4th line. I just hope Oates doesn’t kill this kids potential by misusing him.

    • pfhockey - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      3 assists in 9 mins TOI. Deserves 1st line w/ Ovi.

      • prosportswashington - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        no see you aren’t thinking like Oates. What we really need is to give top pairing minutes blueliners who can’t defend, while giving Laich top line minutes and putting anyone talented/young on the fourth line

      • pfhockey - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        Oates says it’s disrespectful to players and he needs to earn it. No wonder they don’t win games.

    • agrego17 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      The only reason Oates put him on the 4th line was to ease him into his new team, new system, and new rink size without putting too much on his shoulders. Now four games into his NHL career, he has a ton of confidence and he knows exactly what he needs to do and where he needs to be, hence his promotion and increased ice time. Let’s not get all cynical about everything that has to do with the Caps organization without putting things into perspective. That being said, he will definitely see some time on the top line as he’s already played on the second line and has found himself on the power play unit. His ability to read the play and set up his teammates is now pretty apparent, and I think the coaching staff sees this and will do whatever they can to make the most of his abilities.

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