Kravtsov scores third goal in win for Traktor Chelyabinsk


So far, so good for Vitali Kravtsov. The 20-year old Rangers forward prospect is off to a fast start for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He scored his third goal in five games to help lead them to a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow.

Kravtsov opened the scoring when he was able to take a pass, skate in and beat the Sparta goalie with a good wrist shot in the slot. Here is the play below:

The real positive sign is he’s been shooting the puck and getting results. In a previous game, Kravtsov recorded five shots on goal. If he’s going to be used extensively like they’re doing so far in Russia, that bodes well for his development.

It’s all about improving and boosting his confidence following a tough season where he went back and forth between the AHL and KHL.

In other prospect news, Lias Andersson has continued to be productive during the preseason for HV-71 in Sweden. I’ll withhold judgment until they start up the regular season.

You’ll see more European Rangers prospects playing overseas due to the unconventional NHL season that’s still going on. The Stars are waiting to see who they’ll face in the Stanley Cup. It’ll either be the Lightning or Islanders. Tampa can wrap it up in Game Five later tonight.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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