Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov misses another game with injury, expected back Sunday

Vitali Kravtsov has not played a game for Traktor this month. Back on October 1st, the team announced that the 20 year-old forward would miss time with a lower body injury.

At the time it was not deemed serious, and it was believed he would only miss a few games. Now his coach expects him to play this weekend.

Vitali Kravtsov improved play

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Vitali Kravtsov Rangers (Getty Images)

While Kravtsov missed today’s contest, he is traveling with the team so we hope that’s a good sign for this weekend. As far as to why Kravtsov was playing so well, here’s what KHL reporter Gillian Kemmerer relayed to us.

“One of Traktor’s players described the change within Kravtsov as a migration from “cute hockey” to a more aggressive, North American game,” Gillian explained. “Another joked about trading dipsy-doodles for being first in on the forecheck. Beyond his on-ice performance, he is working harder than ever.”

Gillian also explained that Vitali has been working really hard with Traktor’s trainers and doing workouts the Rangers send him. “Players who have known him for years see the change in his work ethic, but also his mentality,” she said. “One teammate commented that he seems to put less unproductive levels of his pressure on himself. The results are (thus far) self-evident in his numbers.”

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