Evgeny Kuznetsov is, without a doubt, one of the most talented players in the NHL. And one of his greatest strengths is his shootout moves. Kuznetsov is one of the best shootout scorers in the league, but he doesn’t just get praise for it.
Over the years, Kuznetsov has received a lot of critique for his patented shootout move. Kuznetsov almost always goes for a really slow approach to the goal and then a fast release to trick the goalie.
However, fans, teams, and experts have complained that Kuznetsov actually moves too slowly and that the puck is close to stopping.
Last night, during the Washington Capitals game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Kuznetsov may have broken a new personal record when moving slowly during a shootout attempt. Kuznetsov barely skated forward but went on to score a great goal.
Although Kuznestovs’s goal was a good one, fans aren’t happy. Many are now suggesting that the Russian has taken it too far and that NHL should take action.
Pete Blackburn wrote on Twitter: “We gotta get a time limit on these things.”
Brady Trettenero wrote: “My goodness, Evgeny Kuznetsov,” followed by laughing crying emojis.
At the same time, many believe Kuznetsov deserves praise for how great he actually is in the shootout, and hey, he’s not breaking any rules. So what do you think of Kuznetsov’s penalty attempts?