Kravtsov continues hot streak for Traktor Chelyabinsk


Vitaly Kravtsov is on fire. He continues to score goals for his KHL team Traktor Chelyabinsk.

Having entered tonight’s match with three in five games, Kravtsov got two more for his Russian team.

Виталий Кравцов горит! 🔥🔥

You can google translate that if you want. Let’s just say it’s very good. Or очень хорошо!

Here was the first goal he scored. I actually like this one better.

Pretty sick skill by Vitaly. Who doesn’t love a nice goal in transition where a player fakes out the D and then rifles one home? There’s a lot to like so far about Kravtsov, who was more of a playmaker for Russia at the 2020 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships. He had two goals and four assists in the seven games to help Russia win a silver medal in a 4-3 loss to Canada.

Of all the young Rangers prospects prior to them making it official next month with Alexis Lafreniere, I like Kravtsov’s upside the most. It’s his combination of skating and skill that can make a player like Pavel Buchnevich expendable. He’s shooting the puck more for Traktor and showing why the Rangers scouts liked him enough to select him ninth in the 2018 NHL Draft.

He doesn’t turn 21 until December 23 right before Christmas. So far, so good for Kravtsov.

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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