The moment Capitals fans have been waiting for seems like it could be closer than many expected the debut of the Capitals 2010 first round pick Evgeny Kuznetsov. With many holes in the line up and another possibly lengthy absence for Mikhail Grabovski where would Kuznetsov fit into the line up? Kuznetsov was drafted because of his ability to play center but has been on the wing for his KHL team Traktor Chelyabinsk, who is now in 9th place and currently out of the playoffs, but with the injury to Grabovski there is a spot open, other possible solutions could be Marcus Johansson, or Brooks Laich opening up a wing position for Kuznetsov if he joins the team this spring, which still isn’t a guarantee. Another move that could open up top six minutes for the talented young Russian would be to move the disgruntled Martin Erat, who is still insistent of a trade even after being moved up onto the top two lines.
Kuznetsov coming over for the end of this season would burn one of the first years of his entry level deal, but it could be beneficial to get him over here and adjusted to the North American rinks and ways of life, living with captain Alex Ovechkin should certainly help the transition.
Would this addition of a promising young talent be enough secondary scoring to get the Capitals over the hump, or do moves still need to be made? Where do you think Mr. Kuznetsov fits best?