QAAA First All-Star Team (2000) QMJHL Rookie of the Year (2001) QMJHL First All-Star Team (2002) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2002) Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year (2002)
Missed majority of 2009-10 due to post-concussion syndrome. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 5, 2013. Traded to Chicago by NY Islanders with Peter Regin for Chicago's 4th round choice (later traded to Washington, later traded to NY Rangers NY Rangers selected Igor Shesterkin) in 2014 Entry Draft, February 6, 2014.
It was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.
— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday