Larry Brooks wrote over the weekend that when Pavel Buchnevich was preparing to leave Russia and join the Rangers, the player he was most "likened" to was Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov. (NY Post)
- Brooks wrote, in 2016, that Buchnevich is both a playmaker and a sniper who has a skill set that has been likened to that of the Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov. He noted that it took Kuznetsov a full-year to get acclimated before he hit his stride. (NY Post)
Kuznetsov told Elliotte Friedman a couple of years ago that the issues he had to overcome were in his head and said recently that he never looks at his shifts and that he knows when he is playing well and not playing well. (Sportsnet.ca)
He added, "I'm better at forgetting now when I'm not good." (Sportsnet.ca)
Corey Pronman wrote during the 2015-16 season that while Buchnevich isn't at the same level as a player like Kuznetsov or Vladimir Tarasenko, he is still a "top-end player" who could step into the Rangers top-nine this season.
In Kuznetsov's third season, at 23 in 15-16, he had 20 goals and 57 assists in 82 games with 193 shots on goal and an average of 17:25 per game.
Buchnevich, who turned 23 in April, had 43 points in 74 games last season, a jump to .58 PPG from .49 PPG as a rookie.
Adam Rotter: There was noticeable progression from Buchnevich at times this season. Does he have more to give? Absolutely. Will he eventually be the kind of player that Kuznetsov is for the Caps? Well, the Rangers can only hope. He has elite level skill and has shown he can be a difference maker but consistency, as with many Rangers, has been an issue. Buchnevich doesn't have to be Kuznetsov, he just needs to be a more complete and consistent version of who he has been. David Quinn will have an important role with every player, but his impact on Buchnevich, and Jimmy Vesey, will play a big factor in how quickly the Rangers can turn things around.