Bye Bye, Kuger: Dmitri Kugryshev Back to Russia

Capitals prospect Dmitri Kugryshev is returning to Russia.  The Washington Post is reporting that the 21-year old left winger has signed a 2-year deal to play with CSKA Moscow in the KHL.  The Capitals have placed Kugryshev on unconditional waivers in anticipation of terminating his contract.  This marks the second highly-touted prospect to leave the Capitals this summer, as Kugryshev follows Swedish center Anton Gustafsson back to Europe.  Kugryshev, a flashy offensive-minded player, was coming off a bumpy season with the AHL Hershey Bears that saw him post only 6 goals and 14 points in 64 games, not to mention a 3-game demotion to South Carolina of the ECHL. 

A Moscow native, Kugryshev grew up playing in the CSKA Moscow system before the Capitals made him a second-round draft pick in 2008.  After the draft, Kuger left Russia to play for the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL where he posted 63 goals and 161 points in 123 games over two seasons, plus another 10 goals and 30 points in 26 playoff games.  He also won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships with Team Russia. 

Here’s hoping you regain your scoring touch back home, Kuger.