New York Rangers Vitali Kravtsov
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Vitali Kravtsov, the New York Rangers first-round draft pick, said farewell to the KHL and his HC Traktor team Monday via his Instagram account.

Frank Curto

Vitali Kravtsov is on his way, Rangers fans.

Monday afternoon, the New York Rangers first-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL draft, wrote a “thank you but I’m moving on” message via his Instagram account.

The message translated, said:

“Chelyaba !! I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported me in this not easy way, thanks to all the fans, all the partners with whom I played on the same team, all those who taught me suggested and scolded, I grew up in that city at the moment, I will remember all the victories and defeats, crazy support in the stands, I met many people in this city thanks to hockey, thanks to everyone, it was unforgettable !! Thanks, @hc_traktor.”

Kravtsov’s contract with the KHL team expires on May 1. Earlier this month, it was unofficially announced that the Russian forward would sign an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers once his contract expired.

The 19-year-old tallied eight goals and 13 assists in 50 games for HC Traktor during the KHL season and added two goals and four assists in seven games at the World Juniors.

Fellow countryman Igor Shestyorkin is also expected to join the Rangers this summer.

Both players are should participate in the team’s prospect camp in June following the NHL Entry Draft and then attend the team’s training camp in September.

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