After years of negotiating, Evgeny Kuznetsov is finally heading to the United States to play for the Washington Capitals. © Vladimir Fedorenko

Washington Capitals Sign Prospect Kuznetsov

It’s been a long four years, but after years of negotiating and persuading, the Washington Capitals have finally agreed to terms on a contract with highly-regarded prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov. The 21-year old Russian will make his debut with the Capitals on Monday night against Pittsburgh.

Kuznetsov was the 26th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but had failed to come to terms with the Capitals on a deal. For the last four seasons, the young scorer has been playing in the KHL with Chelyabinsk Traktor, and has become one of the best players in the second-tier league. In 131 career games, Kuznetsov has scored 46 goals and 105 points. At such a young age, the playmaker is proving that he is one of the most talented young Russians in the world. With 11 points in seven games, he helped the Russian World Junior team win gold in 2011.

He is expected to be under the tutelage of countryman and captain Alexander Ovechkin in order to adapt to the North American version of the game.


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