#1 Evgeny Kuznetsov
The number one player was going to be the big surprise but I think this year is the summer they finally trade Evgeny Kuznetsov. I feel like although Anthony Mantha could go too they likely give Mantha one more chance.
Kuznetsov took just barely under a month into the season before he finally scored his first goal of the season. He wasn’t noticeable on the ice a lot of the games and if you’re paying a guy $7.8 million a season the least that person can do is be noticeable.
Kuznetsov finished with 12 goals and 43 assists for 55 points. In terms of goal scoring that is half the amount he had the previous year as Kuzy had 24 in 2021 22. This was not a good way to follow up that bounce back season and alas here we are again.
I don’t think MacLellan cares how we as fans feel or how even Alex Ovechkin feels. He doesn’t seem happy with Kuzy and if he doesn’t give him ONE more chance expect a deal that could happen this summer.