Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov posted the following on Instagram on Monday saying goodbye and thanking his KHL team.
Translated via Google, Kravtsov wrote, “Chelyaba !! I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported me in this not easy way, thanks to all the fans, all the partners with whom I played on the same team, all those who taught me suggested and scolded, I grew up in that city at the moment, I will remember all the victories and defeats, crazy support in the stands, I met many people in this city thanks to hockey, thanks to everyone, it was unforgettable !! Thanks @hc_traktor BLACK AND WHITE TANKOGRAD! 🚜🚜🚜”
Kravtsov’s KHL contract expired yesterday and it’s expected that he will sign his entry-level contract with the Rangers shortly.
Kravtsov, 19, had 12 goals and 16 assists, 151 shots and an average of 12:43 per game in 88 career KHL games.
In 26 career playoff games, Kravtsov had 7 goals, 7 assists, 52 shots and an average of 12 minutes per game.
From the Rangers Prospect Report on 3/11:
- Vitali Kravtsov tallied an assist, recorded four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in Game 4 of Traktor’s Quarterfinals series against Avtomobilist; the game was Kravtsov’s final contest of the KHL season, as Traktor was eliminated.
- The Rangers’ first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft tied for the team lead in assists (two), ranked second on Traktor in shots on goal (12), and tied for second in points (two) and plus/minus rating (plus-one) in the playoffs this year.
- Kravtsov is tied for first among KHL players younger than 20 years old in assists and points in the playoffs this year.
- Kravtsov skated in 50 regular season games with Traktor in 2018-19, registering eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, along with six penalty minutes.
- He led all KHL players younger than 20 years old in goals, assists, and points this season. Kravtsov’s 21 points in 2018-19 are tied for the ninth-most by a KHL player younger than 20 years old in league history (tied with Artemi Panarin, who recorded 21 points in 2010-11), and his 13 assists in 2018-19 are tied for the eighth-most by a KHL player younger than 20 years old in the league’s history.
- In addition, Kravtsov represented Traktor at the 2019 KHL All-Star Game.
- He tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (three), ranked third on Traktor in points and shots on goal (114), tied for third in assists, and tied for fourth in goals during the regular season in 2018-19.
- Kravtsov has recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 26 career playoff games in the KHL. During the 2018 Gagarin Cup Playoffs, he tallied 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 16 games; in the process, he recorded more playoff points in one year than any other teenager has in their career in KHL history.
- Kravtsov’s seven career playoff assists and 14 career playoff points are the most by a teenager in KHL history, and his seven career playoff goals are the second-most in KHL history, trailing only Evgeny Kuznetsov (eight).
— KHL (@khl_eng) May 1, 2019