Evgeny Kuznetsov finished last season with a very disappointing 37 points in 80 games.
He was supposed to be one of the biggest catalysts for Washington last season, but that did not happen at all.
Kuznetsov was a nightmare offensively. He was so bad last season that he was demoted to the third line during the campaign.
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However, Kuznetsov's offensive production have taken a turn for the better this season.
He was in great form last week as he registered nine points in three games. Kuznetsov started off his week with three assists against the Calgary Flames. He helped his team score three of their first four goals in a 6-2 thrashing of the Flames.
He went on to score a hat trick against Edmonton later in the week and also registered two assists during the same game - setting a career high points-in-a-game record.
Washington also won that game with the score of 7-4. Kuznetsov was rated this week's first star due to his outstanding performances in the past three games.
Kuznetsov is one of Washington's most promising youngsters and also one of the most talented ones, too.
He currently plays alongside TJ Oshie and Alexander Ovechkin, and took Nicklas Backstrom's regular starting position as well.
Furthermore, he has developed great chemistry with fellow Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin. The dynamic Russian duo has 20 points in seven games this season. Kuznetsov currently has 11 points of the 20 points.
If Kuznetsov can keep his regular starting position alongside Alexander Ovechkin, he is destined to have a great year. Perhaps Kuznetsov can finally live up to Washington's expectations this year.
The Capitals will play the star studded Penguins on October 28.