The 6'3 forward is a free agent at the end of the year in the KHL and doesn't know where he will sign yet. Anything right now would be tampering as his team is still in the playoffs.
This guy was an absolute steal by McPhee at 26th overall, but when will he make the jump over the pond?
‘To be honest, my decision has been reached,” the 19-year-old phenom said. “It is my intention to continue my career in the KHL. At the same time there is no clarity as to which club it will be.”
While the Capitals can only give him the standard entry-level NHL contract, worth just less than $1 million, KHL’s “oligarchs” such as SKA St. Petersburg and Salavat Yulayev Ufa are in a position to offer Kuznetsov at least four or five times that salary. It is probable that his family situation played a part in his decision. (Kuznetsov was married last summer, which is much more common for 19-year-olds in Russia than in the United States.)
Sport-Express speculates that the Caps’ struggles this year, Dale Hunter’s defensive approach and Alex Ovechkin’s decline in productivity are also among the reasons
Evgeny Kuznetsov is the No. 1 prospect in the NHL, according to The Hockey News.
"If I was given a 10-year contract, I would stay and wouldn't [go anywhere]." Kuznetsov told PROSport magazine.