2014-15: Claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Oct. 9. Made Leaf debut Oct. 11 against Pittsburgh. Scored first Leaf goal against Boston on Oct. 25. Skated in 100th NHL game Dec. 10 at Detroit. Set a new career-high with sixth goal of the season Dec. 13 vs. Detroit. Left game for precautionary reasons Dec. 28 against Florida. Returned to lineup after missing two games due to concussion Jan. 2 at Minnesota. Registered 2nd multi-point game as a Leaf on Feb. 12 at NYI. Played season high 20:47 Mar. 3 at Florida.
Season Stats: Home: 34 GP, 6-1-7 Road: 35 GP, 5-4-9
Career as a Maple Leaf: 69 GP, 11-5-16
Career Highs (single game)
Goals - 2 (04/13/2013 vs. WSH)
Assists - 2 (10/10/2013 vs. PIT)
Points - 3 (04/13/2013 vs. WSH)
2010-11: Played on a line with Peter Holland while playing for the Guelph Storm (OHL)
2011-12: Won the Calder Cup Championship with the Norfolk Admirals
2012-13: Selected to participate in the AHL All-Star Game
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