Kuznetsov finished the 2015-16 season with 20 goals and 77 points in 82 games. The 23-year-old center has emerged as a star after leading the Capitals in points in just his second full season in DC. However, a lackluster playoff performance that saw only one goal and two points in 12 games -- on top of a slump to end the regular season that included a 22-game goal drought -- ends his season on a down note. The Russian pivot provided huge dividends for fantasy owners this season and should be one of the first forwards off the board in 2016-17 as he continues to develop as an NHL star.
Kuznetsov picked up his first goal of the playoffs in Monday's 6-1 rout over the Flyers. Somewhat lost in the drama of Monday's game, the goal was Kuznetsov's first point of the playoffs. More importantly, the 23-year-old pivot ended a 22-game goal-less drought as he's been slumping in recent weeks. While the Capitals hold a 3-0 lead over the Flyers, they will have trouble advancing deep into the postseason if the talented Kuznetsov, the team's point-leader in the regular season, can't generate offense so hopefully he'll get back on tract now that this monkey is off his back.
Kuznetsov recorded a helper and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-1 win against the Blues. Kuzy has been quiet to his own standards as of late, but since his rare cold streak of five in March, the breakout star has reached the scoresheet in four of the last six (all assists). The 23-year-old sits at 77 points -- 40 more than last season -- on the year with one game remaining for Washington. The 2010 first-round pick hasn't had a multi-point outing since March 18 against Nashville, but odds are he explodes sooner rather than later. The Flyers will be hoping that doesn't happen in the first round of the playoffs.
Kuznetsov dished out three helpers in a 4-1 win over the visiting Predators on Friday. Kuznetsov continues to turn heads as an elite playmaker, as he's now up to a whopping 20 goals and 53 assists this season. What's even more impressive, however, is the fact that he leads the entire NHL with 40 primary helpers, which is five more than Patrick Kane and nine more than Erik Karlsson. He's on pace to surpass 80 points, making Kuznetsov easily the most significant breakout star this year, as he combined for just 46 points in his first 97 NHL contests heading into 2015-16.
Kuznetsov assisted on Alex Ovechkin's game-winning goal in overtime during Tuesday's 2-1 win over Carolina. There was a bit of controversy surrounding the game-winning tally, as Kuznetsov appeared to lose control of the puck and put himself offsides as he entered the offensive zone. However, the goal was upheld after a video review. It was the 70th point of the season for the 23-year old, who's enjoying the best season of his young career. Kuznetsov now has an assist in each of the last four games, and has eight points over his last 10.
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