It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s...Evgeny Kuznetsov. If you’re not familiar with Kuzy, start paying attention. The Russian-born center has been a key player for the Caps since he debuted with them back in 2014. Although he tends to live in the shadow of fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin, Kuzy’s teammates with tell you that he belongs in the conversation as being one of the league’s top guys. His playoff performance back in 2018 was a huge factor in the Capitals’ Stanley Cup victory.
If you watched that series, you’ll recall Kuzy’s trademark bird celebration. [pause] That’s quality content right there.
All jokes aside, Kuznetsov is a heck of a player who’s probably best known for playmaking abilities and moves in tight. So, let’s take a look at the tools he’s been using to power his game.
Starting with his Twig, it looks like Kuzy is a part of the ADV club. He uses a P92 pattern, and rocks an 82 flex. A quick Google search will tell you that Kuzy clocks in at about 204 pounds, so at his size, an 82 flex gives him some serious whip.
In addition to his passing game, Kuzy’s got some moves out on the ice. His teammates have said that it looks like he’s dancing out there. For his wheels, it appears he wore the 1X 2017 model up until recently, when he switched over to the unreleased 2X Vapors.
For his protective gear, Kuzy opts for a mix of Bauer and CCM products. He wears CCM HP14 gloves, and a Bauer 4500 helmet with a straight visor.
That’s a wrap on Kuzy’s gear bag. You can catch this guy in action in a few months when the NHL returns. Even if you’re not a Caps fan, be sure to tune in to a couple games -- Kuzy’s one of those players who’s honestly just fun to watch. And if you’re lucky, you may even have a bird dance sighting.