|Assets:||Has an explosive skating stride and great one-on-one moves. Can beat defenders on the outside with relative frequency. Simply oozes offensive acumen. Can play either wing position.|
|Flaws:||Is not very big, so he must gain added strength in order to better adjust to the North American pro ranks. Also, he needs to avoid the temptation to play a constant peripheral game.|
|Career Potential:||Talented scoring winger with good upside.|
|11/24/2013||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|9/29/2013||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|9/10/2012||Signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/25/2011||Drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2nd round (58th overall) in 2011.|
Nikita Kucherov scores in his first NHL game | 11/26/2013 9:28 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov scored a goal in his first career game during his first career shift and his first shot Monday night.
ImpactHis marker held up as the game winner in a 5-0 win over the New York Rangers. "I was just in the right spot at the right time, and Teddy made a good pass to me and (Alex Killorn) was in front, so I just needed to shoot the puck on net," Kucherov said. "I didn't see it go in, I just saw Killer with his hands up. (But I thought) cool, it went in. I was just so happy to score a goal."
Bolts' Kucherov will make NHL debut Monday | 11/25/2013 12:30 PM
NewsNikita Kucherov will make his NHL debut Monday night.
Joe Smith on Twitter
ImpactHe will skate alongside Teddy Purcell and Alex Killorn against the New York Rangers. Kucherov has racked up 13 goals and 24 points in 17 games with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Syracuse this season. He is a highly skilled forward who should be monitored closely.
Lightning recall Nikita Kucherov from AHL | 11/24/2013 6:07 PM
NewsThe Tampa Bay Lightning recalled Nikita Kucherov from the AHL, likely in part because of injuries to forwards such as Ryan Malone.
Tampa Bay Lightning
ImpactKucherov has 24 points in 17 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, so he could be interesting to watch, at least if the Bolts give him a legitimate chance to succeed. It might only be a cup of coffee, though.
Nikita Kucherov shines in prospect games | 09/09/2013 12:46 PM
NewsNikita Kucherov racked up four goals and three assists in three prospect tournament games for the Tampa Bay Lighnting.
ImpactHe played alongside Jonathan Drouin and J.T. Brown in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers' rookies. Kucherov scored both markers in the match and coach Rob Zettler was impressed by his chemistry with Drouin. "Drouin and Kucherov were kind of magical out there a few times too," said Zettler. "Some really nice chances and an unbelievable goal."
Nikita Kucherov lifts Russia into semifinals | 01/02/2013 12:27 PM
NewsThe heroics of Nikita Kucherov kept Russia alive at the World Junior Championship on Wednesday with a 4-3 shootout win over Switzerland.
ImpactThe Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick scored with just 1:39 remaining in the third period to even the score at 3-3. He also scored the game-winning goal in the shootout and added assist in regulation. Kucherov has been Russia's most dangerous player at the tournament with five goals and seven points in five matches. The hosts were almost knocked out of medal contention, but with the win they will play Sweden on Thursday in the semifinals.
|Rus Jr.||Total||Rus Jr.||94||56||56||112||-||121||-||-||-||-||-||1.19|
|Rus Jr.||Total||Rus Jr.||15||5||10||15||-||18||-||-||-||-||-||1.00|
|Goals||1||vs. NYR||Nov 25|
|Assists||0||6 times-last:vs. Wpg||last:Dec 7|
|Points||1||vs. NYR||Nov 25|
|Penalty Minutes||2||2 times-last:vs. Wpg||last:Dec 7|
|Plus/Minus||2||vs. NYR||Nov 25|
|Power Play Goals||0||6 times-last:vs. Wpg||last:Dec 7|
|Power Play Points||0||6 times-last:vs. Wpg||last:Dec 7|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||6 times-last:vs. Wpg||last:Dec 7|
|Shorthanded Points||0||6 times-last:vs. Wpg||last:Dec 7|
|Shots||6||vs. Phi||Nov 27|
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