Ever since joining the Capitals in 2013, Evgeny Kuznetsov has solidified himself as one of the NHL's best centers.
Not without its ups and downs, Kuznetsov has endeared himself to Capitals fans with skillful dekes and one of the most recognizable signature goal celebrations around. As one of the most gifted passers in the game, Kuznetsov has formed a beautiful relationship with teammate Alex Ovechkin in his pursuit to become the best goal scorer in the history of the sport.
Here's everything you need to know about Kuzy.
Evgeny Kuznetsov's Bio
- Height: 6-foot-2
- Weight: 207 pounds
- Birthdate: May 19, 1992
- Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
- NHL experience: 9 seasons
- Jersey No. 92
Evgeny Kuznetsov's Career Stats
Kuznetsov has been one of the most impressive centers in terms of his on-ice production since entering the NHL ranks. Here are Evgeny Kuznetsov's complete career numbers to date (through Oct. 30, 2022 season):
- 607 games played
- 153 goals scored
- 348 assists
- 501 points
Stanley Cup Playoffs
- 87 games
- 29 goals
- 38 assists
- 67 points
Evgeny Kuznetsov's Contract Details
Kuznetsov's contract was a big topic of conversation among NHL analysts in what was an off-year in 2020-21. But with the world inching back to normal, Kuznetsov has looked like himself again in 2021-22.
The Russian center signed an eight-year, $62.4 million deal on July 2, 2017. With a $7.8 million annual cap hit, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan expects Kuznetsov to play up to the value Washington fans have come to expect from him. Thankfully, Kuzy has delivered just that this year. His contract ends following the 2024-25 season.
What Celebration is Evgeny Kuznetsov Known For?
Kuzy's signature celebration, "the Birdman," has taken off among Capitals fans.
Always a great sight to see Kuzy spread his wings after getting the puck past the opposing goalies, Kuznetsov made his birdman celebration famous throughout Washington's magical Stanley Cup title run in 2018, especially after scoring the series-winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.