Vitali Kravtsov could return to Rangers after Russian demotion


  • The Rangers weren’t happy that Vitali Kravtsov decided to go back to Russia in the first place, and they’re certainly not happy that the 19-year-old forward whom they took with the No. 9-overall pick in 2018 had not been playing very much for his team, Traktor, and was just demoted to their minor league.
  • So Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton has reached out to Kravtsov’s agent in hopes of figuring the situation out — and hopefully bringing Kravtsov back to play for AHL Hartford.

“He felt it was in his best interest to go back, and we allowed him to do that. I will say we’ve had a number of conversations with his agent recently just to revisit what’s best for him right now,” Gorton said Monday. “I’ll leave it to the conversations I’m having behind the scenes right now, and we’ll have to make a decision. Obviously we want the guy to play. If he’s not playing enough, then yes, we’d like to control his ice time a little bit.”

  • The Rangers can agree to bring Kravtsov back at any time, and Gorton reiterated the obvious fact that “the American League is better” than the minor league in Russia, known as the VHL.
  • Kravtsov came close to making the Rangers out of training camp, but was sent to the Wolf Pack to start the season.
  • He played only five games before going back to Russia, where he had two goals and one assist in 11 games for Traktor.
Sources & Credits: Brett Cyrgalis, NY Post
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