Saturday, December 31, 2011

World Juniors Player Spotlight: Evgeny Kuznestsov | The Hockey Writers

World Juniors Player Spotlight: Evgeny Kuznestsov | The Hockey Writers:

The Hockey Surgeon

"Team Latvia’s goaltender Elvis Merzlikins, after making some superb saves in the first period, must have felt like he was on Russian forward Evgeny (Yevgeni) Kuznetsov’s operating table last night. There were points in the game where he must have prayed for some sort of anaesthetic cocktail to help relieve the suffering.

His defensemen were continuously under siege and were unable to offer much resistance against the Russian nuclear arsenal of weapons amongst the forward ranks.

To say Kuznetsov has a great set of hands, in the hockey sense, is somewhat of an understatement. With a little help from his friends (i.e. team-mates), he absolutely dissected Team Latvia notching three goals and six assists en route to a 14-nil victory over Latvia on Thursday night.
His nine point performance was the second highest total in the history of the world junior hockey championship.
Sweden’s Peter Forsberg had an astounding three goals and seven assists for 10 points  in a 20-1 win over Japan on December 30th, 1992, which was the 1993 World Juniors."

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