New York Rangers could recall Vitali Kravtsov from the KHL by next week

The New York Rangers will have to decide if they want to recall Vitali Kravtsov from the KHL in the next week or so once his team is eliminated from the playoffs.

The Ranger’s 9th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft scored 16 goals along with 24 points in 49 games playing for Traktor. His team will begin a best of seven first-round series against Salavat Yulaev on Wednesday.

Strong Season in the KHL

Kravtsov had a successful season playing for Traktor this season. His accomplishments this season show how far he has grown since last season’s demotion and subsequent departure to the KHL where things went from bad to worse for the then 20-year-old;

  • Tallied the game-tying goal with eight seconds remaining in regulation and led all skaters with 20:26 of ice time in the final game of the regular season on Feb. 27 against Metallurg Magnitogorsk; posted a plus-two rating on Feb. 25 against Torpedo.
  • Established KHL career-highs in several categories, including goals (16), points (24), plus/minus rating (plus-eight), and shots on goal (125).
  • Led Traktor in even-strength goals (13), tied for the team lead in goals, tied for second in shots on goal per game (2.6), and ranked fourth in shots on goal in 2020-21.
  • Tied for 19th in the KHL in even-strength goals this season.
    Among KHL players who were in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21, ranked second in goals, ranked fourth in points, and tied for eighth in plus/minus rating.
  • Has recorded 30 goals in 148 career KHL games, which is tied for the eighth-most by a player while in his U22 season or younger in league history (tied with Artemi Panarin, who registered 30 goals in 158 career KHL games while in his U22 season or younger).
  • Traktor posted a 10-3-2 record in games in which he has tallied a goal and a 15-5-2 record in games in which he notched a point this season.

Traktor begins its playoff series against Salavat Yulaev on Mar. 3
Game 1 – Mar. 3
Game 2 – Mar. 5
Game 3 – Mar. 7
Game 4 – Mar. 9
Game 5* – Mar. 11
Game 6* – Mar. 13
Game 7* – Mar. 15
*If Necessary. (Per NYR PR)

Room to Join

The New York Post’s Larry Brooks wrote on Monday that the Rangers should have the cap space to recall and insert him into the lineup immediately.

“Under his entry-level contract, Kravtsov is in for a cap charge of $925,000 plus an $800,000 bonus package. The Rangers should have enough room in another couple of weeks for Kravtsov as long as injured parties return sooner rather than later and further injuries do not occur that would force the team to keep a bloated roster.”

The Rangers could certainly use his offensive skill with the team struggling to find the back of the net. The club has been playing with Artemi Panarin due to a leave of absence along with an injured Philip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko remaining to be listed on the NHL Covid Protocol list and the missing Mika Zibaeneajd wh has tallied just two goals this season (one was an empty-net goal).


The best New York Islanders prospect you’ve never heard of

New York Islanders

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, the New York Islanders have a good Russian prospect. Now, there’s a difference between those two prospects I’m talking about. Ilya Sorokin is the best goalie outside of the NHL.

Anatoly Golyshev is a top 6 winger on his team. Anatoly Golyshev was the Islanders’ 4th round selection in the 2016 NHL entry draft. And it’s not surprising why Garth Snow chose him that high. Golyshev was a solid 2nd liner for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg at a young age. The year he was drafted, he put up 25 goals and 19 assists in 56 games and was an All-star at only 21 years of age. Remember, the KHL is a league of adults and former NHLers, it’s not the AHL or OHL. Anatoly Golyshev could be the next big thing, only if he comes over.

When Will He Come Over?

There has been a bunch of great KHL prospects, but not all of them come overseas. It’s only taken Anatoly Golyshev 5 years to want to come over to the Islanders. Yes, that’s sarcasm. And yes, Golyshev should be on the Island by next year.

Golyshev will be 26 years old when he comes overseas next year. Does this remind you of anyone? Yup, I’m thinking of Nikita Gusev. Gusev is a better player than Golyshev, but there are similarities between the two. Both came overseas around the same age. Both are not the biggest of Hockey players, size-wise. If the Islanders could get 3/4 of the player Gusev is, it’s a win.

What Role Will He Play?

Let’s say Golyshev comes over and exceeds expectations, now the Isles have a decision to make. Where will Golyshev play? Is it possible that he takes Jordan Eberle’s spot as a top 9 forward? Does Golyshev finish the book of Joshua-Ho Sang and Michael Dal Colle? Or does Golyshev finally get rid of the need for Leo Komarov? All of these are possibilities, and I’m going with the second one. Ho-Sang and Dal Colle are just about done with the Islanders, and Golyshev could make that a reality.

Report: New York Rangers Loaning Vitali Kravtsov to the KHL for 2020-21

New York Rangers

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the New York Rangers are going to loan Vitali Kravtsov to Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL for the upcoming 2020-21 season. This will give Kravtsov a chance to get some ice time as the KHL has just started their preseason. Kravtsov was drafted ninth overall by the Rangers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Brooks also reported that the decision to assign Kravtsov to KHL a collaborative effort with his agent and that he will play for Coach Gitiatulin, the same coach as he had in his draft year.

Playing in the KHL will allow him to continue developing in a comfortable environment until he is NHL ready.

After attending the Rangers 2019 training camp, Kravtsov was assigned to make his North American debut with AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, to start the 2019–20 season. Registering 1 assist in 5 games, Kravtsov opted to continue his development back in Russia, securing a loan for the remainder of the season with former club, Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL, on October 27, 2019. Kravtsov appeared in 11 games in his return to Chelyabinsk, recording 3 points. Kravtsov was then demoted to Traktor’s VHL affiliate, Chelmet. His loan was ended prematurely by the Rangers and he was re-assigned to re-join the Wolf Pack on 13 December 2019. He finished the season in Hartford with 6 goals and 9 assists for 15 points in 39 games played.

Kravtsov has a nice international resume, representing the Russian national junior team at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Vancouver, Canada. He ended the tournament with 6 points in 7 games, helping Russia claim the bronze medal.