It was something of a mild surprise when the New York Rangers took Russian winger Vitali Kravtsov with the ninth pick in the 2018 NHL draft, but the team couldn’t be more pleased with their selection.
The KHL’s rookie of the year last season, Kravtsov is having a fine sophomore year in the KHL and is expected to lead Russia’s contingent at the 2019 WJC in Vancouver. “What he’s doing is pretty impressive at his age,” said Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury. “He just came off a U-20 (Four Nations Tournament) where he was captain and played really, really well. All of us, I know, are very excited to see him in Vancouver.”
Kravtsov, who turns 19 on Dec. 23, has had an eventful past few months. After he was drafted, he considered buying out the final year of his contract with Traktor Chelyabins...
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