I could have listed any number of aspects of Evgeny Kuznetsov's game as the most exciting.
But as Capitals' fans have witnessed in recent seasons, while watching the blazing speed of goal scorers like Alex Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson and Alex Semin, one fact is painfully obvious in the NHL: speed kills.
In that case, Kuzya is downright lethal.
Mike Vogel of Capitals.com wrote that Kuznetsov "has an explosive first step and top end gear with excellent east-west moves," adding that he is "capable of making flashy, highlight reel plays and can kick in the afterburners to leave d-men in his dust."
Kuznetsov's speed earned him a spot in the Fastest Skater competition at the 2012-13 KHL All-Star Game, a competition that included former NHL player Nikolai Zherdev.
Here is a recap of the competition by Ian Oland of RussianMachineNeverBreaks.com:
Kuznetsov, a three-time KHL All-Star, won the fastest skater event after posting a 13.82 second lap around the ice. It was the fastest time ever recorded in the event and was a .05 improvement over his lap last year. Kuzya has now won two events all-time in the three skills competitions he’s participated in. In 2011, he also won the KHL's Breakaway Challenge.
Capitals' fans will be thrilled to watch Kuznetsov race up and down the Verizon Center ice. But at this point, the Washington faithful will be excited just to see him don a Capitals' sweater.