The Washington Capitals and their fans waited quite a while to see what propsect Evgeny Kuznetsov might have to offer. They didn’t need to sit through too many of his games to see what he can do once he finally jumped to North America, however.
As of this writing, the 21-year-old collected his first two assists at the NHL level as the Caps faced the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. His first was a secondary helper on an Alex Ovechkin goal, but his second was the most impressive, as he collected a primary assist with this beauty of a slap-pass to Tom Wilson:
At this rate, he may very well prove that he was worth the wait.
Update: Kuznetsov collected a third assist, giving him a point-per-game (despite all three helpers coming in the same contests) at the NHL level as Washington won 4-3.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”
The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.
Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.
It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.
Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.
He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.
Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.
If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.
The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.
The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.