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Kravtsov, Shesterkin agree to contracts with Rangers

Forward was New York's top pick in 2018 NHL Draft, goalie won 24 games in KHL this season @NHLdotcom

Vitali Kravtsov, the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, and Igor Shesterkin, a fourth-round choice (No. 118) in the 2014 NHL Draft, each agreed to an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on Friday.

Kravtsov, a 19-year-old forward (6-foot-2, 170 pounds), had 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 50 games with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League this season. He led all KHL players younger than 20 in goals, assists and points. Kravtsov's 21 points tied Artemi Panarin for ninth most in a KHL season by a player younger than 20, and he was selected to play in the KHL All-Star Game.

He had two assists in four games during the Gagarin Cup playoffs and had six points (two goals, four assists) to help Russia win a bronze medal at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.


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Shesterkin has been the starting goalie for SKA St. Petersburg for the past three seasons. He was 24-3-1 and led the KHL in goals-against average (1.11) and save percentage (.953) this season. His goals-against average was the second best in KHL history, and his save percentage was tied for second all-time in the league. He had five of his 10 shutouts in his final 10 games.

The 23-year-old also had a 1.95 GAA and .904 save percentage in 10 games during the KHL playoffs.

Shesterkin (6-1, 187) was 88-16-7 with a 1.68 GAA, a .935 save percentage and 27 shutouts in 117 KHL games in six seasons. His goals-against average is the best among goalies who have played at least 50 KHL games, and his save percentage is second.

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