A Quick Vitali Kravtsov Update
For those of you who don’t know, the KHL preseason is underway, which means we’re getting our first taste of some Vitali Kravtsov in the KHL post-selection in this year’s draft.
Here are the two goals Kravtsov has scored in the past two games:
Vitaly Kravtsov scores for Traktor against Omsk. #NYR pic.twitter.com/nuXZtSkC5F— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) August 14, 2018
Vitaly Kravtsov ties it up for Traktor against Metallurg. #NYR pic.twitter.com/FKjKBlwo1I— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) August 15, 2018
Here’s him doing some work in the shootout:
Kravtsov goes five-hole in the shootout. #NYR pic.twitter.com/lG2dhCfT84— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) August 14, 2018
And one little piece of magic from the 9th overall pick:
"I got him."— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) August 15, 2018
"I don't got him." pic.twitter.com/ZK1V8SyRHW
Outside of all that, Kravtsov was named to the preliminary roster for the U20 Four Nations Tournament on behalf of Russia. That will take place August 24th. It will be the first real look at Kravtsov on the Russian national team, since he was foolishly left off last year’s World Juniors roster.
In his short stint with Traktor, Kravtsov has continued to get the top-six minutes and role that he was getting last year in the playoffs. He seems to be playing primarily with 31-year-old Ryan Stoa and the two have some pretty solid chemistry. (Stoa is the one who made the brilliant cross-ice feed to Kravtsov for the second goal in the clips above.) The hope, of course, is that Kravtsov continues to develop (and keep his top-six role) for the rest of the year, before jumping over to North America at the end of his season. For what it’s worth, that seems to be the plan for all parties involved in the KHL.
Alex gives one more quick analysis of the two games below:
Couple of real good outings for Kravtsov at the start of Governor's Cup. Such a difficult kid to stop when he plays with confidence because of his awareness and ability to find those dangerous areas in opposition end. Puck-handling and shot are a given. #NYR— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) August 15, 2018
And here’s another look from Adam on something Kravtsov can work on:
Pretty clear by now that Kravtsov is a high-end caliber scorer, but in a few of these clips I've noticed that his crossover strides aren't particularly clean. Something to work on. https://t.co/ZzjxSajhWE— Adam Herman (@AdamZHerman) August 15, 2018
We also discussed Kravtsov at length with Adam on this week’s podcast, which you can listen to here.
Dog days of summer, y’all.