About a week ago, I wrote about the possibility of Washington Capitals’ prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov joining the team before the season is over. Now, the possibility seems to be greater.
Kuznetsov tweeted this out in Russian.
According to Google Translate, that in English is this.
Unfortunately, not long from now I live in a new apartment! Because very soon I leave Russia …
I don’t think it gets much clearer than that. The Capitals will finally get to see the player they drafted with the 26th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. Four years is a long time to wait for a potential superstar, but if he lives up to that potential the wait will have been worth it.
The Capitals wanted to bring him to Washington a season ago for sure. However, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics got in the way. Kuznetsov made it a goal to represent Russia at the Games and he thought he had a better chance of making the team if he stayed behind in the KHL. However, his plan didn’t quite work. When Russia named their team for Sochi, Kusnetsov’s name was nowhere to be found.
Now, it looks like Kuznetsov will make his way to North America as soon as his KHL season is over. If his team makes the playoffs, they are likely to be eliminated in the first round. That would place his debut in Washington somewhere around late March.
That won’t give him a lot of time to get acclimated to the system if the Caps make the playoffs.