On Day Two of the World Junior Championship in Edmonton, there still is other hockey being played overseas. The KHL is in full swing.
Rangers prospect Vitaly Kravtsov recently turned 21 on Dec. 23. The ’18 first round pick scored a beauty for Traktor Chelyabinsk today in Russia. He made a great move outside in and surprised the goalie with a nice backhand for the goal.
In 32 games, Kravtsov entered with 10 goals and five assists totaling 15 points with eight penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. He’s up to 11 markers in 33 contests following today’s action.
That’s good production for the kid from Vladivostok, Russia. Former Devil Sergey Kalinin had 11 goals to pace Traktor coming in. He played the previous two seasons with CSKA Moscow.
Kravtsov ranks eighth in team scoring with 16 points.
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