Vitali Kravtsov gets ripped apart by former GM; 'Kravtsov is afraid of serious work'

Published May 23, 2023 at 2:57 PM

When Vitali Kravtsov was drafted into the NHL by the New York Rangers 9th overall in 2018, he looked poise to make an impact in the league. Now, there's word he is once again headed back to the KHL in Russia, and a former GM with that league says it's no surprise it's not with one of the top teams.


Kravtsov had a very rocky relationship with the New York Rangers. He made it clear to management that he was not interested in playing in the AHL, and went back to Russia twice because of it. Finally, he was traded this year to the Vancouver Canucks, where he had 1 goal and 1 assist in 16 games. It's now being reported that Kravtsov has signed a two-year deal with Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL, the team he's always played for in Russia.

One of the team's former GMs told that he wouldn't have him back.

"My opinion - Kravtsov is not needed by Traktor. Other clubs are no longer interested in him. He used to show a lot of promise, but in the end he didn't play. Why don't they call him to the top clubs, like SKA, CSKA and Ak Bars? He is coming back from the NHL."

"He's just an average player, not a star. I personally wouldn't sign a player like that to my team."

"Kravtsov is afraid of serious work and competition because he will lose it. You need to show strength of character and character, but Kravtsov does not have that." - Andrei Balandin

When he was drafted, Elite Prospects said Kravtsov had all the tools needed to develop into a top-6 NHL forward. That ship has likely sailed. Vancouver can hang on to his NHL rights with a qualifying offer for the restricted free agent. It seems unlikely that will happen with a KHL contract already in place.

May 23   |   162 answers
Vitali Kravtsov gets ripped apart by former GM; 'Kravtsov is afraid of serious work'

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