Vitali Kravtsov

New York Rangers
Photo courtesy of hctraktor.org

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.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country RUS
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 23, 1999
Height 6‘3”
Weight 184 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 9

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Traktor Chelyabinsk U16 Russia U16 34 19 18 37 12 |          
 2015-2016 Traktor Chelyabinsk U17 Russia U17 32 22 18 40 45 |          
  Traktor Chelyabinsk U18 Russia U18 4 2 2 4 2 |          
  Traktor Chelyabinsk U18 Russia U18 Finals - - - - - |          
 2016-2017 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 3 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 6 1 0 1
  Chelmet Chelyabinsk VHL 6 2 2 4 0 |          
  Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 41 13 23 36 18 | Playoffs 5 2 4 6
 2017-2018 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 35 4 3 7 6 | Playoffs 16 6 5 11
  Chelmet Chelyabinsk VHL 9 4 3 7 4 |          
  Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 1 1 2 3 0 | Playoffs 2 1 3 4
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  Russia II (all) International 5 2 1 3 2 |          
 2018-2019 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 50 8 13 21 6 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
  Russia U20 WJC-20 7 2 4 6 6 |          
  Russia U20 (all) International-Jr 16 6 10 16 6 |          

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