All good things must come to an end: such is the case with Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s KHL record for points scored by a player under 20.
On January 9, Nashville Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen scored his 33rd point of the season, bypassing Kuznetsov with eight games left in the KHL’s regular season.
With an assist on Jokerit's first goal this morning, Eeli Tolvanen now has 33 points, passing Evgeny Kuznetsov for sole possession of the most points by a U20 player in KHL history.https://t.co/FsVQYhgROg pic.twitter.com/co3JnaFoHw
— Eliteprospects (@eliteprospects) January 9, 2018
Tolvanen, a left-shooting winger who is just 18-years-old, was a first-round pick for Nashville in the 2017 draft, going 30th overall. He has 17 goals and 16 assists in 41 games played this season, with a shooting percentage of 11.0, according to the KHL’s website.
On his highlight-quality goals, Tolvanen displays a lethal combination of agility, puck-control, and a lightning-fast release.
Tolvanen, in his rookie season, was also named to the Bobrov Division Team for the KHL All Star Game, which took place last week.
By way of comparison, Kuznetsov had 32 points (17 G, 15 A) in the 2010-11 season with Traktor Chelyabinsk–the same year he helped team Russia win the WJC. Kuzy also scored the second-most goals ever by a Russian player under 19-years-old.