Someone, I think Corey Masisak, said on twitter that the Kuznetsov at center thing could be an attempt to get leverage on Ribeiro, which would just be ridiculous if true. No matter how much Ribeiro likes Washington, he has far more leverage and delusions of Kuznetsov, who isn't even in North America yet, at center do nothing to change that. Obviously you hope that's what it's about though. If he actually thinks Kuznetsov is the long-term 1aC that's way more troubling.
Kuznetsov has played center and looked fine at the role. Just couldn't get the breakaways you would expect of him.
He hasn't played it against men very often. In general I think his shift-to-shift consistency and tenacity suggest it wouldn't be a fluid transition. It could happen in time depending on just how tenacious/intelligent a player he becomes but developing those traits aren't a strong suit for this org. and he carries some of the shortcomings Johansson does as a center (only massively more creative and confident offensively). Initially I don't see how he wouldn't be at left wing as the risk would outweigh the reward.
Based on McPhee's interview with reporters it sounds like he's looking to make hockey trades.
Well atleast we have a HOF center as coach to teach Kuzya the position.
But I tend to agree, this interview may just be to get Ribs demands of 5 year deal to come down to 3. I cant see him settling for less then 4
MJ isn't sure thing yet. I fear all of Forsberg, Wilson and Kuznetsov will not be so either, at least at their 1st season. Ideally I would add them all in different seasons. Just to prevent more holes.
But it seems we just can't do it. Then add MJ and MP to the equation. Somebody have to go. And that's MP logically.
So we whine about MoJo actually trying to finish, where as Backstrom either just touch passes it back and it either gets intercepted by an opposing player or it goes right into the feet of the Caps player.