The Journey – Kuznetsov and Grigorenko

Brad Wilson

2014-05-03

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A couple of prospects that have long been intriguing names in fantasy hockey – Kuznetsov and Grigorenko

 

I hope everyone had a stellar Easter and you are all enjoying the NHL playoffs as we speak. These have been some of the best playoff games in recent memory and I for one am loving it. Getting back on track, this week The Journey is going to take a look at two Russian super-prospects. Here are, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Mikhail Grigorenko.

 

Evgeny Kuznetsov

Rights: Washington Capitals

Drafted in the 1st round (26th overall) in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

RW, 6' 3", 187lbs

Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia


One thing I notice right away about Kuznetsov is his maturity. He seems to be very comfortable in his own skin for a 21-year-old. It had been a waiting game for the super-prospect to come to the NHL ever since he was selected 26th overall in 2010 by the Capitals. The youngster was turning in stellar performances for his KHL team, Traktor Chelyabinsk, who he led in scoring for three straight seasons. When he arrived in Washington he saw time on every line and played with nearly every player on the roster as the coach searched for some chemistry. In the end Kuznetsov would score nine points in 17 NHL games before the Caps were eliminated from the playoff picture and would go on to miss the postseason by four points.

 

 

With so many changes going on in Washington it is hard to say where Kuznetsov will play when the season gets going again. Clearly one would have to think he sees time on the top two lines but nothing is set in stone. If Ovechkin is Washington's version of Sidney Crosby then Kuznetsov is their Malkin. In fact, the young Russian has been compared to the Penguins center on numerous occasions. He's big, smart with the puck and when he wants to control the play, his determination is second to none.


Fantasy Kuz


If for some reason he isn't owned in your league, go get him. Chances are he's looong gone. Kuznetsov is fantasy relevant now and it shouldn't be long before he takes his place among the elite in the NHL. Yes, he is just that good. No surprises with this guy, we have known what he is capable of for some time now. It's time to sit back and reap the rewards if you are one of the owners who grabbed him despite the KHL issue. If you didn't, it's time to start fearing another Russian.

First line upside with ability to produce 80-90 point season's in the not too distant future.

 

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