CCHA First All-Star Team (2008) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2008)
Traded to Columbus by Phoenix for Alexandre Picard, March 3, 2010. Traded to NY Rangers by Columbus for Dane Byers, November 11, 2010. Missed 2011-12 due to knee injury at NY Rangers training camp, September 20, 2011. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers for Benn Ferriero, January 24, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Linkopings (Sweden), June 28, 2013.
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 FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Friday