According to a report from Russian hockey insider Igor Eronko, New York Rangers rookie Vitali Kravtsov is considering a return to his native Russia to play in the KHL.
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The 19 year old has just one assist in three games with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack this season and spent the past three seasons with Chelyabinsk Traktor in the KHL.
He was a late cut in the Rangers’ training camp and is expected to join the team at some point this season, that is if he doesn’t bolt for the KHL. Rangers fans are literally BEGGING for head coach David Quinn to get youngsters like Kravtsov and Filip Chytil into the team’s lineup over veteran players like Brendan Smith and Greg McKegg.
Should he enact his European out-clause, it’s unclear whether or not Kravtsov would be available to the Rangers for the rest of the KHL season.