12:43 PM: Vitali Kravtsov was on the ice today with Igor Shesterkin and the Rangers “extras.” (NYR)
The main roster had today off.
Kravtsov is expected to practice tomorrow with the full team. (Rosen)
9/21/20 | From the Rangers Prospect Report:
From the Rangers Prospect Report on 9/14: “I think he saw a lot, learned a lot, and he looked at it, I think, as an opportunity to grow as a person and a player and to learn more about the Rangers and what we’re trying to accomplish as a team and trying to get him to accomplish as a player. I think everything progressed nicely, and once the league starts back up again, we’re looking forward to getting him back here.” – Chris Drury, Rangers Assistant General Manager and General Manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack, on Vitali Kravtsov’s experience with the Rangers during Phase 3 Training Camp and the 2020 Postseason (Credit: Newsday)
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8/21/20 | 5:33PM: The Rangers have the right to recall Kravtsov when the NHL resumes. (Brooks)
4:41PM: Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers are loaning Vitali Kravtsov to Traktor of the KHL for the 2020-21 season.
Kravtsov, 20, will play under coach Gatiyatulin Anvar, who is returning to Traktor as head coach after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach with SKA.
Gatiyatulin Anvar was Kravtsov’s coach in his draft season. (Brooks)
The KHL is slated to start their season in early September and Traktor’s regular season ends on 2/27.
Kravtsov joined the Rangers at their summer training camp and traveled with the team to Toronto as part of their taxi squad.
Adam Rotter: With so much uncertainty around when the NHL, let alone the AHL, will actually begin next season, this makes sense and allows Kravtsov to play. Whether or not the Rangers will recall him from this loan when training camp begins, Mid-November at the absolute earliest but many believe it will be later, or allow him to play the full season and then bring him over, remains to be seen, but development is still the key with Kravtsov and it’s better to have him play, than not play.
Vitali Kravtsov scored his first goal for the Wolf Pack on Saturday.
He skated on Hartford’s top line with Danny O’Regan and Steven Fogarty.
12/12 | 5:47PM: David Quinn said of Kravtsov on Thursday, “There is a lot of talent there and a lot of guys go through an adjustment period when they come from Europe to adapt to the North American style hockey. He’s a 20-year old kid that is learning what it takes to have success over here.” (NYR)
2:30PM: Vitali Kravtsov is returning to North America after spending the last month or so playing in Russia. (Eronko)
Kravtsov will fly to North America tomorrow and will play with Hartford. (Sport-Express)
In a post on Instagram, Kravtsov wrote “I would like to say to the fans, thank you very much for supporting and experiencing in such a difficult period !! To thank the coaching staff, management, team staff, and of course the players who were pleasant to play with in the same team and see each other in the locker room, this is the situation, so I wish the team great victories without injuries, and the fans patience and faith in the team, thanks Chelyabinsk , behind the black stripe is always white.”
The Rangers loaned Kravtsov to the KHL in late October but retained the right to call him back to North America if they chose to.
Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said earlier this week that the Rangers were interested in bringing Kravtsov back, especially if he was going to play in the KHL’s minor league.
Adam Rotter: It has been a very odd Fall season for Kravtsov but he is going to be back where the Rangers want him and can work with him day to day. He’s going to Hartford and will hopefully embrace it, work hard and force the Rangers into calling him up with strong play. The Wolf Pack have had a terrific start to the year and he will likely step into a top-nine role and produce offensively.