21-Year-Old Left Wing – New York Rangers
Pavel Buchnevich Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers in May 2016.
Buchnevich was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Islanders, with Rangers coach Alain Vigneault noting that he felt the rookie looked "nervous" and had a "little dip there in energy level" in Monday's game, the New York Daily News reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Rangersí third-round pick in 2013, Buchnevich has been blossoming into a considerable offensive force in Russia. He finished third in goals and points for the KHL's Cherepovets Severstal, and he did it in a league that tends to favor veteran players. The 20-year-old fits the mold of what the Rangers have coveted in recent years -- heís a speedy forward with good hands, but not a lot of size. Buchnevich is primarily a dynasty-league consideration, as heís already indicated that he plans to spend the 2015-16 season in Russia. If he shows further development there, it could send him skyrocketing up the prospect lists.
Yet another score from the Rangersí trio of third-round draft picks in 2013, Buchnevich seems to be coming along quite nicely. The 19-year-old forward registered 18 points in 40 games with the KHLís Severstal Cherepovets last season, and will likely spend the 2014-15 campaign with the club again. While we donít see him trekking across the Atlantic for official NHL games this season, he certainly impressed at July's prospect camp and is a talent for dynasty owners to consider nabbing now.
Originally projected as a first round pick, however, wide speculation that he has a tendency to get 'lazy' combined with fears of the "Russian Factor" allowed the Rangers' to take him with their third round pick (75th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. After registering a combined 13 goals, 21 assists and 38 penalty minutes with the Russian U18 team and Almaz Cherepovets (MHL), Buchnevich collected a goal and an assist in 12 games with a much older squad, the Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL. Listed at 6'1, 161-pounds, the 18-year-old Buchnevich seemingly has a lot more room to grow physically. The speedy forward has what scouts call phenomenal offensive instincts and a fantastic shot, so he is a wait-and-see project for those in keeper leagues.