For an idea of what the New York Rangers think forward Vitali Kravtsov will eventually do for them, watch Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom's circle-to-circle saucer pass to Alex Ovechkin in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Backstrom's pass from the right face-off circle went through the slot, below the hash marks, between two Vegas Golden Knights' sticks and onto Ovechkin's stick for a one-timer in the Capitals' championship-clinching game.
"He's got the ability to do that," Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark said of Kravtsov, 18, the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft who currently plays for Traktor Chelyabinsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. "And he's got that mind to make that play."
Clark brought up a Backstrom pass, but he compares Kravtsov, the No. 3 ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting, to Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Kravtsov is listed at 6-foot-3, 184 pounds; Kuznetsov is 6-2, 204. They have the same type of skill, playmaking ability, sneaky good shots and high hockey IQs.
"I like passing, shooting," Kravtsov said. "I'm a skills player."
However, Clark said the difference between Kravtsov and Kuznetsov is Kravtsov is more physically mature than Kuznetsov was at 18. He said Kuznetsov was "skin and bones" in his draft year; Kravtsov has muscle and a wider, stronger frame.