Position: Center | Height: 5-foot-10 | Weight 155 lbs
FanHouse Ranking: No. 27 | Age: 18 | Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Then, Kuznetsov played in the Six Nations Tournament in February. During that U18 event, he stood out as one of the best players in his age group, and his draft stock was back on the move.
The team that drafts Kuznetsov has to accomplish a few things before he'll make an impact for them. They have to first become convinced that he's all-in to make the NHL. Given that he played a year in the KHL, scouts will question his motives. Does he want to play in North America?
Beyond that, they have to figure out what kind of player they have. Is Kuznetsov a skilled youngster who was simply overmatched in the older, more mature KHL? Or is he a player destined to let people down because he doesn't get it?