Vitali Kravtsov, the much-maligned New York Rangers prospect, nonetheless tops their 2022 prospect record, with Brennan Othmann (Flint Thunderbirds) and Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires) no longer a long way at the back of. The latter two simply completed a Western Convention Ontario Hockey League (OHL) playoff struggle. Kravtsov was once anticipated to no less than get started the 2021-22 season with the Rangers however briefly become disgruntled and appeared to be in head trainer Gerard Gallants’ doghouse from the get-go. After president and normal supervisor (GM) Chris Drury’s strikes on the business cut-off date, Kravtsov’s position at the group is also additional away than ever.
Kravtsov Drama: Section 1
The saga dates again to the 2019-20 season when Kravtsov was once one of the vital ultimate cuts after coaching camp. He went again to Russia in protest however returned to the US to play for the Rangers’ associate Hartford Wolf Pack a few months later. After being neglected of the playoff lineup, he returned to Russia and performed the 2020-21 season with Traktor of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was once requested to paintings on his 200-foot sport whilst there, and he believed he did.
“One of the vital issues that we have been in search of was once the adulthood to his sport,” Rangers director of participant building Jed Ortmeyer stated again in August. “The second one-effort battles, backchecking, defensive duty – that was once appearing up increasingly more steadily in his video games within the KHL closing 12 months. That was once encouraging” (from ‘How the NY Rangers and Disgruntled Prospect Vitali Kravtsov Reached Their Breaking Level,’ lohud, 10/16/21).
Then Kravtsov returned to New York after his KHL season ended and was once supposedly unsatisfied with how the Rangers used him in his brief stint with the group on the finish of the 2020-21 season when he performed 20 video games and had 4 issues whilst being a minus-6. After that, he it seems that had a contentious go out assembly enthusiastic about his offseason coaching or lack thereof (from ‘Rangers May just Business Vitali Kravtsov With Tensions Emerging Over Demotion,’ New York Submit, 9/12/21).
Kravtsov Drama: Section 2
Kravtsov had a lower-body harm popping out of the Rangers’ 2021-22 coaching camp, in order that they designated him to an American Hockey League (AHL) conditioning project with the Wolf Pack. They sought after him to paintings on a couple of sides of his sport together with entering into higher form after the harm slowed him via camp (See lohud article above). If he did so, he’d be again up briefly, however that’s simply hypothesis. He refused and requested to return and play within the KHL with Traktor. The Rangers granted him that and in addition instructed his agent they may search out imaginable business locations.
Gallant had this to mention in regards to the demotion, “There was once no explanation why. It was once about selecting your group that you simply’re transferring ahead with, looking to win hockey video games,” Gallant stated Tuesday. “We stated there was once a struggle for the ones spots all coaching camp lengthy, and the opposite guys performed neatly, one of the vital guys that stayed up, [Julien] Gauthier and [Dryden] Hunt and the ones guys. They performed in reality neatly in camp, they usually earned this place” (from ‘Rangers may just business Vitali Kravtsov with tensions emerging over demotion,’ NY Submit, 10/12/21).
The 6-foot-3, 189-pound ahead had six objectives and 9 assists in 19 video games and was once plus-4 all over the 2021-22 KHL season. He added seven objectives and 3 assists with a minus-3 in 15 playoff video games to lend a hand Traktor get to the Japanese Convention Ultimate sooner than shedding to Metallurg Mg. The Rangers’ first-round, 9th general draft select in 2018 reportedly stated he’d move to the AHL provided that it have been with every other group, in keeping with TSN’s Darren Dreger again in Oct. 2021.
Kravtsov has long past via a few brokers all over this drama too. The primary go-around, the Russian-born ahead was once repped by means of Paul Thefanous, and this time Dan Milstein is dealing with the case.
Kravtsov Drama: Section 2.5
Closing week, the Rangers signed Kravtsov to a regular contract extension for 365 days at $875,000. If both celebration had waited till the Monday after the 2022 NHL Access Draft (July 7-8), when he would had been an reliable limited unfastened agent, he would have gained an be offering of 5 p.c above his 2021-22 wage. He made a complete of $832,500 as a base wage closing season as a substitute of his entry-level contract (ELC), which was once $925,000, so $875,000 just about equals the usual 5 p.c building up.
It seems that, neither celebration sought after to attend, which generally is a excellent factor transferring ahead, or it would imply Drury and the Rangers wish to have his contract set to enable you business him sooner than or all over the draft. We’ll see how that performs out within the coming weeks.
What’s Subsequent for Kravtsov?
Odds are the Rangers will attempt to transfer Kravtsov, however they received’t simply give him away. They don’t essentially want any further possibilities this present day, in order that they may be able to deal him for an older, extra established participant. Or, they may get a few high-round alternatives additional down the street that may make sense. This summer time and/or coming fall must be attention-grabbing to look what occurs in Act III of the Rangers/Kravtsov saga.
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