RW Evgeny Kuznetsov - Traktor Chelyabinsk, KHL (2010, 26th overall, Washington)
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09-05-2013, 02:15 AM
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Whenever I watch Kuznetsov, the thing that blows me away is how effortless it all looks like to him. He's a big man at 6 3", but the way he can change gears is remarkable. Such a good mind for the game too, always seems to be arriving in open ice at the right time to create an offensive opportunity. And then you're right, you sprinkle in elite vision, sublime passing, finishing, and shooting skills...
Honestly, he looks a lot like a young Malkin to me, with a bit of Datsyukian mixed in. Less physical dominance than Geno, better skater, more elusiveness. His skill is at the same level. He's that good.
I see him as more Semin-level than Malkin-level personally, which is still outstanding. Should be a quality top 6 forward the minute he steps on NHL ice.
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