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Fantasy Summary

An elite-level skater with tremendous playmaking ability. A true fantasy boom-or-bust.


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June 2202 – The Canucks have won the Kuzmenko sweepstakes and officially signed him to an ELC deal. The 26-year-old will slot into the club’s top-nine, and be given every opportunity to provide an additional stream of production. Time will tell if his game will translate to the smaller surface, but one thing is for sure: the upside is well worth the risk. Enjoy the boom-or-bust, folks. Dave Hall

June 2022 – Kuzmenko is on his way to North America and is officially this summer’s hottest import commodity. The 26-year-old is fresh off a career year, finishing second leaguewide with 53 points over 45 games for SKA St. Petersburgh. He added a point-per-game over 14 playoff games to boot. Having been a top-three SKA producer for three consecutive years, his resume comes highly coveted. He has racked up 200 points (85G + 115A) over the course of his 315-game career and is considered one of the KHL’s elite talents. Undrafted, Kuzmenko’s bread-and-butter is his offensive game. He is an elusive skater, who can burn opponents off of the rush or in tight spaces, and combines this with a deadly mix of slick hands and a strong ability to process the game. He is able to make high-percentage plays at top speeds and rarely folds under defensive pressure. His playmaking is elite and is always looking one-to-two steps ahead. While his backcheck and work on the defensive side of the game is truly an area of concern, his fantasy projection carries a high upside. We have seen close comparisons come-and-go, and the boom-or-bust factor is no different with Kuzmenko. Yet, with a cheap ELC contract attached, the risk-versus-reward highly outways any negative. Dave Hall

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 4, 1996
Height 5‘11”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Team Moskva U15Districts Cup U154 0 00 0|        
 2011-2012 Moskva Selects U15WSI U158 5 49 0|        
 2012-2013 Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL49 5 712 8|        
  Russia U17WHC-176 1 01 2|        
  Russia U17EYOF3 0 11 4|        
 2013-2014 Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL36 13 1831 2|Playoffs18 3 36
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19|WJAC-195 2 13 0|        
 2014-2015 CSKA MoskvaKHL12 1 23 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL37 20 2141 20|Playoffs13