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Vitali Kravtsov to Be Loaned to KHL

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The New York Rangers are loaning Vitali Kravtsov to Traktor for the 2020-21 season, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

This move makes sense, because the KHL will be starting up in less than two weeks whereas AHL and NHL hockey will not be getting underway until December, although given what we’ve seen with Coronavirus in MLB, there’s no telling if the start of the season could be pushed back even further.

This loan gives Kravtsov a chance to stay active and play, and while not explicitly stated, I would assume there will be some provision that allows Kravtsov to return once things are up and running in North America.

UPDATE

His situation is not a unique one, as Nils Lundkvist also opted to remain in the SHL for another year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if other top prospects around the league decide to play overseas at least to begin the 2020-21 campaign.