Vitali Kravtsov

(Updates) The Vitali Kravtsov situation after his KHL team was eliminated

3/12/19| Kravtsov’s KHL GM won’t terminate his contract before it expires so it is unlikely he joins the Rangers this season. (Eronko)

3/10/19 | Larry Brooks writes that Kravtsov’s contract ends on April 30 and that it is not yet known if he will come to North America before the end of the season. (NY Post)

3/5/19 | 9:44AM: Kravtsov told a reporter in Russia that he is unsure at the moment whether he will join the Rangers this season. (Eronko)

8:30AM: Vitali Kravtsov’s KHL team was eliminated from the playoffs and reports indicate that he may soon be signing his entry-level contract with the Rangers.

If Kravtsov plays in one NHL game this season he will burn the first-year of his entry-level contract but the Rangers would not need to protect him in the 2021 Seattle expansion draft unless he plays 10 or more games. (Sportsnet)

Kravtsov’s final numbers in the KHL this season were:

  • Regular Season: 50 games – 8 goals, 13 assists, 114 shots, 15:31 per game
  • Playoffs: 4 games – 2 assists, 12 shots, 16:35 per game

Jeff Gorton said last week that the Rangers were having discussions internally about what to do with Kravtsov but that they want him in North America as soon as possible.

Larry Brooks writes that it isn’t yet known if Kravtsov’s contract expires with his teams elimination or the end of the KHL playoffs. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that the Rangers could sign Kravtsov to an Amateur Try-Out and assign him to Hartford without starting his entry-level contract. (NY Post)

From the Rangers Prospect Reports:

12/3: “On a struggling team, filled with injuries and coaching changes, Vitali has been a bright light. His vision, playmaking ability, and dynamic skill and skating style are on display every game.” – Rangers Director of European Scouting Nickolai Bobrov on Vitali Kravtsov

12/31: “I dream of playing at Madison Square Garden. I was given a tour there – the place is legendary.” – Vitali Kravtsov

Adam Rotter: I’m not entirely sure it’s the best thing for the Rangers to bring Kravtsov over to North America for the last month of the season. He’s just played a full-year in the KHL, played in the World Juniors and will hopefully get a spot with Russia at the World Championships. The Rangers, in any situation, won’t put themselves in a position to where they need to protect Kravtsov in the expansion draft, so the only contract related issue would be burning off an entry-level year. Burning off an entry-level year isn’t a huge deal but it would put the Rangers in a situation where Kravtsov would join Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, Brett Howden and Libor Hajek in being RFAs. It would certainly be exciting to see Kravtsov join the Rangers but I’m just not sure they are going to bring him over now. I think that the plan for Kravtsov could be to sign him, bring him over to practice with the Rangers and then maybe play a few games in Hartford. That would allow everyone to see Kravtsov and work with him a little without burning any time off his contract. I’d also imagine that the Rangers would like to set a plan for Kravtsov’s offseason work before development camp and then keep him in the area following camp to work with Ben Prentiss.

Igor Shesterkin Lias Andersson New York Rangers Top Propsects Vitali Kravtsov

Where the Rangers top prospects rank (Updates)

3/7/19: The Rangers prospect group was ranked 2nd overall by Peters at ESPN.

3/6/19: Chris Peters of lists Kravstov at 11, Shesterkin at 33 and Miller at 37 on his list of Top 50 prospects.

1/23/19: TSN ‘s Craig Button lists Vitali Kravtsov at #1 in his ranking of top NHL-affiliated prospects.

Button writes that Kravtsov is “highly skilled” and an “offensive threat” with a combination of “speed, power, shot and finish.”

He notes that Kravtsov has played some center this season and that his style of play is “similar” to former Ranger Rick Nash.

Button also has Igor Shesterkin ranked 10th and Lias Andersson 28th.

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Vitali Kravtsov at the KHL All-Star Skills Competition

Vitali Kravtstov took part in the KHL All-Star Skills and All-Star Game this past weekend.

Below is a clip of him during the skills competition.

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Vitali Kravstov’s goal and assist for Russia

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Vitali Kravtsov scores for Russia at World Juniors

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Rangers hoping to have Vitali Kravtsov in North America next year

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury said that “the plan” is for Vitali Kravtsov to play in North America next year when his KHL contract expires. (Newsday)

Drury said that the Rangers want him in North America, they believe Kravtsov wants to be in North America and that “everyone” is on board with that plan. (Newsday)

Kravtsov was named recently to the KHL All-Star game and Drury noted that he has been a “bright spot” for a team that has changed coaches and not won many games.

He has four goals and nine assists in 29 games this season with 68 shots on goal and an average of 15:53 per game.

From the Rangers 11/19 Prospect Report: Vitali Kravtsov registered a power play goal in Traktor’s overtime win on Nov. 14 against Vityaz. The Rangers’ first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 26 KHL games this season, and he has tallied a point in four of the last five KHL games he has played, and he has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) over the span. The 18-year-old leads all KHL players younger than 20 years old in assists and points this season. Kravtsov has registered twice as many points as any other KHL player younger than 20 years old this season, and he also has more assists (eight) than any other KHL player younger than 20 years old has points (six) thus far in 2018-19.