WCHA First All-Star Team (2006) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2006) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (2006) NHL All-Rookie Team (2008)
Traded to Edmonton by Colorado for Tommy Salo and Edmonton's 6th round choice (Justin Mercier) in 2005 Entry Draft, March 8, 2004. Traded to Minnesota by Edmonton for Nick Schultz, February 27, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Florida, September 28, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 1, 2014.
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