• Has four-point game Sunday

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and three assists during Sunday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.
    Analysis: Evgeny Kuznetsov also won nine of 14 face-offs, a good sign for Alex Ovechkin who will be depending on Kuznetsov to fill the void of the still-ailing Nicklas Backstrom for at least the first few games of the season. With top-flight offensive skills and a solid claim in Washington's top-six, Kuznetsov is a legitimate breakout candidate who is available in the mid to late rounds of most drafts. Make sure you keep an eye on him as your draft unfolds.
  • Caps' Kuznetsov Signs Two-Year Deal

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov signed a two-year, $6 million contract extension with the Capitals on Monday, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
    Analysis: The "bridge deal" is close to what Evgeny Kuznetsov's camp and the Capitals had been rumored to be working on in previous days. Considering that the 23-year-old figures to be a fixture of Washington's offense next season, the cap hit is more than reasonable. After a slow initial adjustment to the North American game upon his debut in the second half of 2013-14, Kuznetsov's production ticked up down the stretch late last season. With Nicklas Backstrom recovering from offseason hip surgery, the Capitals will count on Kuznetsov for a breakout campaign in 2015-16.
  • Caps' Kuznetsov Seeking Short-Term Extension

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov's agent said that his client and the Capitals are exploring a two to three year contract extension, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: Evgeny Kuznetsov remains a restricted free agent and his re-signing is a top priority for general manager Brian MacLellan and the Capitals. After a slow start to his sophomore campaign, Kuznetsov was a mainstay as the team's second-line center by season's end, finishing with 37 points in 80 regular season games, as well as five goals and seven points in 14 playoff games. With outstanding offensive skills, Kuznetsov figures to be a fixture on the Capitals for many years to come, but appears willing to accept a bridge deal rather than sign a long-term extension at this time. Keep an eye on the situation as it unfolds, but all signs point to Kuznetsov staying in DC for now.
  • Caps' Kuznetsov Notches Two Points In Game 6 Loss

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov ended a three-game scoreless drought Sunday, picking up a goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating in a 4-3 Game 6 loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward were the Caps' best skaters in this one, each going plus-3 and combining for seven points. The Russian center had previously tallied just a single point (a goal) in the series' first five games. Nonetheless, even though he won't turn 23 years old for another nine days, Kuznetsov has established himself as a legitimate NHLer and an explosive scorer. His upside is sky-high.
  • Kuznetsov's Game-Winner Sends Caps To Second Round

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov netted the game-winning and series-winning goal in Monday's Game 7 against the Islanders.
    Analysis: Widely touted as a Calder Trophy candidate coming into the season, Evgeny Kuznetsov early struggles prevented such talk from materializing, but he's really found his stride over the last two months. Since the start of March, he's compiled eight goals and nine assists over his last 26 games, highlighted by a career-high three-point performance in Game 5. The late surge could make Kuznetsov a chic post-hype sleeper come draft time next season.
  • Kuznetsov's Three Points Power Caps In Game 5

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals, assisted on another and went plus-3 in Thursday's Game 5 victory over the Islanders.
    Analysis: A huge night for Evgeny Kuznetsov, who took a game-high seven shots on goal and pretty much stole the thunder from Alex Ovechkin, who had just a single shot on goal and no points. Kuznetsov had, however, gone without a point in the series' first four games, and his season-long inconsistency makes it hard to expect the young Russian to sustain this offensive outburst.
  • Caps' Kuznetsov Stays Hot With Goal

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov registered a power-play goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Red Wings.
    Analysis: Evgeny Kuznetsov has been finding his way onto the scoresheet with remarkable consistency of late, tallying 12 points in 15 contests since Mar. 5. Despite getting off to a slow start, the 22-year-old has managed 37 points in 78 games and figures to have a larger fantasy impact beyond just dynasty formats next season.
  • Caps' Kuznetsov Gets Assist Thursday

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded an assist during Washington's 5-4 overtime win against Montreal on Thursday.
    Analysis: The 22-year-old Russian assisted on Joel Ward's second goal of the night, giving him five points in his last five games. United with Alex Ovechkin on the top line, Evgeny Kuznetsov has been a marvel of consistency for the Capitals in recent weeks with points in nine of his last 13 games. Overcoming a slow start and a lack of opportunity earlier in the season, Kuznetsov is settling in nicely as a top-six playmaker, and is primed for a breakout campaign in 2015-16.
  • Kuznetsov Contributes Two Helpers In Caps' Win

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov dished out two assists, went plus-2 and gathered two PIM in Tuesday's win over Carolina.
    Analysis: This is just the latest in a run of productive action for the young Russian, who's now managed four goals and nine points in his last 10 games. Still shy of his 23rd birthday, Evgeny Kuznetsov looks like he's primed for a full-on breakout in the 2015-16 season.
  • Caps' Kuznetsov Records Assist Saturday

    News: Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied an assist in Washington's 4-3 loss to the Predators on Saturday.
    Analysis: Evgeny Kuznetsov has been doing some heavy lifting for the Capitals recently, with Saturday's assist giving him four goals and four assists in his last ten games, and giving the Capitals some resemblance of secondary scoring behind Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. No longer fending off the likes of Andre Burakovsky for the second-line center position, Kuznetsov is being given every opportunity to grow into the solid offensive talent the Capitals thought he could be when they selected him 26th overall in the 2010 Draft. The 22-year-old center is starting to round into form at the right time, and should be squarely in your draft plans next season.