Kuznetsov leaves UConn blue line after sophomore yr, inks NHL take care of Calgary


Yan Kuznetsov performed in all 34 video games throughout his freshman season at UConn and completed the yr with 11 factors approaching two targets and 9 assists from the again finish (photograph: Stephen Slade/UConn Athletics).

UConn defenseman Yan Kuznetsov has signed a three-year entry stage contract with the NHL’s Calgary Flames, forgoing his ultimate two years of eligibility with the Huskies.

Kuznetsov was a second-round choose (fiftieth total) by the Flames within the 2020 NHL Draft. The the youngest participant within the NCAA as a freshman in 2019-20, Kuznetsov was the fourth highest draft choose in UConn program historical past.

In his two seasons in Storrs, Kuznetsov performed in 50 video games and totaled 17 factors on three targets and 14 assists.

Throughout the 2020-21 season, he had six factors (objective, 5 assists) in 16 video games and completed plus-5 for the yr.

As properly, Kuznetsov and classmate Vladislav Firstov, Kuznetsov turned the primary NCAA gamers to earn a spot on Crew Russia for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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