Evgeny Kuznetsov Auditions to be a Goaltender


The Capitals have been known for their goaltending depth. From Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer, to the prospects such as Vitek Vanecek, Pheonix Copley and Ilya Samsonov. At the conclusion of practice on Thursday morning, Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov decided to give goaltending a try. Borrowing Grubauer’s pads, Kuznetsov got a taste of what it’s like to be a goalie from facing breakaways to 100 mph slap shots. 

Here’s something you don’t see everyday, Grubauer vs. Kuznetsov in reverse. Kuznetsov got the save. I love 2018 already.

Kuznetsov also faced slapshots from the likes of Grubauer, Andre Burakovsky and Dmitry Orlov.

Orlov has been known for his hard slapshots and he gave Kuzy no mercy.

Nicklas Backstrom also got in on the breakaway fun.

Kuznetsov taking a breather from all the shots he faced and in all smiles and laughs with Orlov and Grubauer.

More Kuznetsov facing the three headed monster of Burakovsky, Orlov and Grubuaer. I think Grubauer had the most fun firing slapshots instead of facing them for a change.

“The goalies can shoot hard. I wasn’t expecting that,” said Kuznetsov.

Kuznetsov chatting it up with Dmitry Orlov during another breather.


Finally, Kuzy stops Gruby before calling it a day.

What was coach Barry Trotz thinking during all of this? Trotz was cool with it as long as Kuznetsov didn’t get hurt.

Apparently there was a wager going on between Kuznetsov and Orlov. Kuznetsov won the bet. I guess that’s why Orlov was firing the puck so hard at him during those slapshots.

“We have a challenge and we play for fun. He lose twice so he got to get better,” Kuznetsov told the media.


This isn’t the first time Kuznetsov donned the goalie pads. He used to play goalie as a kid.

“When I was young, I used to play (goalie) a lot so it’s kind of cool. I was like five or six years old,” Kuznetsov explained.

When asked if he’ll be sore tomorrow, Kuznetsov said:

“No I’ll be fine tomorrow because it’s a day off.”

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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