Vitali Kravtsov

Vitali Kravtsov was on the ice today

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)

Vitali Kravtsov

The goals Vitali Kravtsov is scoring in the KHL this season

9/21/20 | From the Rangers Prospect Report:

  • Vitali Kravtsov tallied a goal/point in each of Traktor’s three games during the past week, notching five points (four goals, one assist) in the three contests, and he posted a multi-point game in each of the final two contests during the week (three goals, one assist).
  • The Rangers’ first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded seven points (six goals, one assist) and 32 shots on goal through the first seven games in 2020-21. Kravtsov extended his goal/point streak to four games (five goals, one assist over the span), and he has tallied a goal in five of seven games this season. I
  • Kravtsov also played on Traktor’s top line in each of the team’s three games during the past week.
  • In addition, he has recorded five or more shots on goal in five of Traktor’s seven games this season, and he has either led all skaters in shots on goal or has tied for the game-high in shots on goal in four of the seven contests.
  • Kravtsov has recorded a point on seven of Traktor’s 17 goals this season, and he has also been on the ice for 10 of Traktor’s 17 goals, including 10 of the team’s last 14 goals.
  • Through the first three weeks of the season (as of the conclusion of games on Sept. 20), he ranks second in the KHL in shots on goal, is tied for second in the KHL in goals, and is tied for ninth in the league in points. Kravtsov is also one of only two KHL players who have recorded five even strength goals thus far this season.
  • Among KHL players who are in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21, he ranks first in goals and points through the first three weeks of the season. Kravtsov leads Traktor in goals, points, and shots on goal, and he ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-five) this season.

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)


Vitali Kravtsov

The Rangers are loaning Vitali Kravtsov to the KHL

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)

Last season, Kravtsov exercised the European Assignment Clause in his contract that allowed him to return to the KHL.

He only played in 12 games before returning to North America.

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.

Lias Andersson was also loaned to his Swedish team and Nils Lundkvist signed a one-year deal to remain in Sweden.

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

Watch: Vitali Kravtsov’s goal for Hartford on Saturday

Vitali Kravtsov

Watch: Vitali Kravtsov’s goal in Hartford on Saturday

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.

Vitali Kravtsov

Vitali Kravtsov is officially coming back to North America

12/13 | 3:22PM: The Rangers have confirmed that Kravtsov has been recalled and assigned to Hartford.
11:50AM: The KHL announced that Kravtsov’s contract with Traktor has been terminated.

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.