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Fantasy Summary

Very talented offensive forward who can make plays and finish them. Capable of playing all three forward positions. Good skater with decent defensive awareness.


Observations

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June 2022 – Kravtsov recently rejected a contract extension offer from KHL Traktor Chelyabinsk, eyeing a return to North America for the 2022-2023 season. Kravtsov posted 13 points in 19 games for Traktor this past season, in addition to 10 points in 15 playoff games. If unable to mend fences with the Rangers organization, Kravtsov is likely to find himself on the trading block in the not too distant future. If possible, New York may look to have Kravtsov re-establish some market value if he is able to crack the Rangers’ roster out of training camp. Brendan Ferry

 

April 2021 – Kravtsov made his NHL debut alongside Filip Chytil and Alexis Lafreniere this month. In his first NHL costest, the 21-year-old logged just more than 10 minutes of ice time and three shots. It will likely take some time for the winger to get fully comfortable in the NHL, but after a productive KHL season, Kravtsov’s opportunity should not be restricted. Brayden Olafson

 

March 2021 – Kravtsov’s run in the KHL could come to a close as early as this month. With the Gagarian Cup quarterfinals ongoing, and Kravtsov’s Traktor Chelyabinsk on the brink of elimination, it’s possible that Vitali is rushed to North America in time to catch the wave of offensive momentum that he’s carried through the entire KHL season and playoffs. Brayden Olafson

 

February 2021 – Forty odd games into the KHL campaign, Kravtsov has continued to show significant improvement in his ability to get to the middle of the ice. He’s been scoring in a variety of ways and battling through many of the physical and technical challenges presented in the KHL. He remains on the cusp of making an impact on the Rangers’ roster, however, his debut will likely have to wait for contractual factors to align in the Fall of 2021 for that opportunity. Brayden Olafson

 

September 2020 – A mere six games into the KHL season, Kravtsov has demonstrated a notable uptick in his engagement and intensity relative to how he concluded the 2019-20 season in Hartford. The 20-year-old winger leads Traktor Chelyabinsk in both goals and points so far. Although it’s a narrow sample size, there’s no question that the Rangers’ prospect has found a new gear. The KHL assignment seems to be paying off early, and if the trend continues Kravtsov could be perceived as one of the most improved prospects in the year to come. Brayden Olafson

 

August 2020 – In leu of the uncertainty surrounding the start of the 2020-21 AHL season, Kravtsov has been loaned to his former KHL club – Traktor, where he’s signed for the season. Kravtsov struggled to gain traction in the AHL, but finished the season strong with the Wolfpack. It’s unfortunate timing considering he seemed to be building momentum towards the NHL, however, the KHL is as good of a spot as any for Kravtsov to finalize his pre-NHL development. Although the further delay of his arrival is disappointing, his trajectory remains positive. Brayden Olafson

 

December 2019 – After a relatively brief return to the Russian pro circuit, the Rangers’ top prospect, Vitali Kravtsov has been welcomed back to North America, and the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack. Kravstov’s return to Russia was notably unproductive and saw the winger temporarily demoted from Traktor’s KHL club to their VHL affiliate. The club’s brass noted that Kravstov returned to Russia with low spirits and it seemed to be affecting his game. The Rangers’ obviously made it clear that they would be happy to have him back in Hartford after the Russian stint failed to go as planned. If he’s able to get any traction in Hartford, the Rangers could get anxious to keep the momentum rolling and give him a shot on Broadway before year-end. Brayden Olafson

 

October 2019 – After being surprisingly cut by the Rangers prior to the start of the NHL season, Vitali Kravtsov was assigned to the team’s AHL club in Hartford where his first impression of the North American hockey culture has been anything but positive. Throughout the course of his first month in Hartford, Kravtsov was benched on several occasions and was even relegated to the press box for a game. In five games played he tallied a single assist. The culmination of these events has led to Kravtsov opting to exercise the European assignment clause that was built into his entry-level-contract. This development, however, does not void the 19-year-old’s NHL contract, and he will remain eligible to be recalled by the Rangers, despite now also being under contract with his former KHL club, Traktor Chelyabinsk. Kravtsov’s fantasy ceiling remains high, and this transition back to the KHL should not impact his development trajectory. An ‘expected arrival’ of either March or October 2020 is reasonable. Brayden Olafson

 

April 2019 – After a very positive D+1 campaign driving most of the offence for a very weak Traktor squad, the Rangers’ ninth-overall-pick from last summer will be making his way across the pond. Although his contract can’t officially be signed until  the conclusion of the KHL playoffs, it’s been reported that both he and fellow Russian prospect Igor Shesterkin have come to terms on their ELC’s with the Blueshirts. The 19-year-old will face some competition while attempting to earn a spot in the Ranger’s youthful lineup at the same time as presumptive second-overall draft-pick in the 2019 Entry Draft, right-winger, Kappo Kakko. Brayden Olafson

 

December 2018 – Widely considered the Rangers’ top prospect, Kravtsov will have the opportunity to headline the Russian squad at the World Junior Championship in Vancouver. The Traktor winger has been producing at a high rate in the KHL, and solidifying his status as one of the top offensive prospects in the league. The results of this tournament will likely put him on the radar of every owner in your keeper and dynasty leagues if he already isn’t. Brayden Olafson

June 2018 – At ninth-overall, some considered Kravtsov to be a reach relative to consensus rankings. Unlike the Ranger’s first pick in the 2017 entry draft, Lias Andersson, Kravtsov was selected largely for his ceiling rather than his safe-factor. As demonstrated through the KHL playoffs, the talented right winger has a tantalizing offensive touch that the Rangers will look to expose on a similar timeline to their other top prospects. Brayden Olafson

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 23, 1999
Height 6‘3”
Weight 184 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 9

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Traktor Chelyabinsk U16Russia U1634 19 1837 12|        
 2015-2016 Traktor Chelyabinsk U17Russia U1732 22 1840 45|        
  Traktor Chelyabinsk U18Russia U184 2 24 2|        
  Traktor Chelyabinsk U18Russia U18 Finals- - -- -|        
 2016-2017 Traktor ChelyabinskKHL3 0 00 0|