After an incredible start to the 2015-16 season, Evgeny Kuznetsov faded down the stretch and finished with only two points in 12 playoff games. His struggles followed him to the start of the 2016-17 season where he has only three goals in 27 games.
But, things finally seem to be turning around for the Russian center, according to head coach Barry Trotz:
He's starting to use what his biggest asset is, to me, his ability to skate. He's skating at a higher level and when he's doing that and his drive train is high last couple games where he's winning those battles, taking the pucks to areas and his skill comes out and therefore he's creating more, he's more dangerous. He's that top centerman that you saw at the start of last year where he could take over a game. You saw that last couple games that if he keeps doing that, he's being extremley dangerous. That line has been very productive last couple games.
In the first 23 games of the season, Kuznetsov managed only nine points. He now has five in his last four games. That’s a very good sign for a player who has the skill to be one of, if not the best offensive player on the team.
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