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 9.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
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

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


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 |          
  Russia II (all) International 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2019-2020 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 19 4 2 6 2 |          
  Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 11 2 1 3 2 |          
  Chelmet Chelyabinsk VHL 3 0 2 2 0 |          

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