|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.|
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals on three shots, but Tampa Bay still lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 7-3. | 05/26/2015 10:59 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals on three shots, but Tampa Bay still lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 7-3.
ImpactKucherov netted both his goals in the third period, but New York had five goals in the same period. Kucherov has nine goals and 10 assists in 19 postseason games this spring. Game 7 is on Friday.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov recorded three points during Tuesday's Game 6 win over Montreal. | 05/12/2015 10:18 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov recorded three points during Tuesday's Game 6 win over Montreal.
ImpactHe had two goals and an assist, along with three shots and a plus-two rating on the night. Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat also tallied for Tampa Bay.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals in Tampa Bay's, 6-2, victory over the Canadiens in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday. | 05/03/2015 9:34 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals in Tampa Bay's, 6-2, victory over the Canadiens in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday.
ImpactBoth of Kucherov's goals came on the power play. Tampa Bay scored on its last four power play shots, going 4-for-8 on the man advantage in the game. Kucherov has three goals and four assists in nine postseason games this spring. The three goals are all in this second round series versus Montreal. Tampa Bay leads the series, 2-0.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored this 27th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Panthers. | 03/24/2015 10:09 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov scored this 27th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
ImpactKucherov has been fantastic all season, and now has 59 points and a plus-36 rating throught 74 games. Tyler Johnson, Ryan Callahan, and Brenden Morrow also scored for Tampa Bay.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored the team's only goal on Saturday versus the Jets as Tampa Bay lost, 2-1. | 03/14/2015 10:03 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov scored the team's only goal on Saturday versus the Jets as Tampa Bay lost, 2-1.
ImpactKucherov has 26 goals and 31 assists with a plus-35 rating. That plus-minus is behind only Montreal's Max Pacioretty this season.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored a goal during Tuesday's overtime loss versus Nashville. | 02/10/2015 10:47 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov scored a goal during Tuesday's overtime loss versus Nashville.
ImpactHe also had four shots on goal and a minus-one rating on the night. Kucherov now has an impressive 21 goals, 48 points, and a plus-28 rating through 56 games this season.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored for the second consecutive game Saturday against the Kings. | 02/07/2015 8:56 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov scored for the second consecutive game Saturday against the Kings.
ImpactHe now has three points over the past two nights, after his goal on Saturday. Kucherov now has 19 goals, 46 points, and a plus-28 rating through 54 games.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov assisted both of his team's power-play goals in the second period. | 01/06/2015 10:12 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov assisted both of his team's power-play goals in the second period.
ImpactTampa Bay fell behind, 2-0, to Montreal on Tuesday, but the Lightning answered with four straight goals in the second period. The Lightning's second power-play line scored both of the man advantage goals. Kucherov has 17 goals and 24 assists with a plus-26 rating in 42 games this season.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov had a massive game on Wednesday night. | 01/01/2015 11:49 AM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov had a massive game on Wednesday night.
ImpactHe had two goals, one assist, five shots on goal, and a plus-four rating. Kucherov has been fantastic this season, and now has 17 goals, 37 points, and a plus-25 rating through 39 games.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov recorded two points during Monday's loss to the Penguins. | 12/15/2014 9:40 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov recorded two points during Monday's loss to the Penguins.
ImpactHe had a goal and an assist, along with a plus-one rating. Kucherov now has 12 goals, 28 points, and a plus-17 rating though 32 games. The breakout season is on.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored two huge goals during Thursday's 2-1 victory against the Hurricanes. | 12/11/2014 10:05 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov scored two huge goals during Thursday's 2-1 victory against the Hurricanes.
ImpactBoth goals came in the third period, including the game-winner with 31 seconds left. Kucherov now has 11 goals and 25 points through 30 games. He should be in all lineups.
Lightning center Nikita Kucherov had a hat trick on Tuesday versus the Coyotes. | 10/28/2014 10:33 PM
NewsLightning center Nikita Kucherov had a hat trick on Tuesday versus the Coyotes.
ImpactKucherov scored once per period and finished with a plus-two rating on the night. He scored all the game at even strength. Kucherov has four goals this season.
Nikita Kucherov, Panik scratched for Gm 3 | 04/21/2014 11:26 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov was a healthy scratch in Game 3.
ImpactThe rookie forward played in Tampa Bay's previous two games of the series and he scored in Game 1. The Lightning wanted to go with more experience and grit, so they dressed Tom Pyatt and B.J. Crombeen and scratched Kucherov and Richard Panik.
Nikita Kucherov scores in postseason debut | 04/17/2014 11:11 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov found the back of the net in his playoff debut Wednesday night.
ImpactHe opened the scoring in Game 1 in Tampa Bay's 5-4 overtime defeat. Kucherov also scored in his regular season debut with the Lightning back in November, but that marker ended up being a game winner.
Nikita Kucherov scores in his return | 03/25/2014 7:45 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov potted his ninth goal of the season in his return to the lineup on Monday night.
ImpactHe went 14 straight games without scoring heading into Monday's appearance. Kucherov had been relegated to the press box for seven of Tampa Bay's last eight contests. He finished the game with three shots and a minus-1 rating in 8:41 of ice time.
Nikita Kucherov will draw back in Monday | 03/24/2014 5:11 PM
NewsNikita Kucherov will dress Monday night versus Ottawa.
ImpactHe has been a healthy scratch for five straight games and seven of Tampa Bay's past eight. "He's 20, so I think he's taken a huge step as it is just to play however many games he has played," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's learning about the NHL. Kucherov played (17) games in the American Hockey League, so he's learning pro and everything he's been doing has been two thumbs up from me." He has one assist in his last 10 games and he hasn't scored a goal since Jan. 19.
Kucherov getting prime time playing time | 02/01/2014 12:57 PM
NewsRookie Nikita Kucherov is getting the opportuninty to center a scoring line on a regular basis.
Erik Erlendsson Twitter
ImpactHe has impressed the Bolts' coaching staff immensely this season. In 31 games Kucherov has registrered 14 points and he is getting better game by game. In line rushes prior to Saturday's contest against Montreal he centered a line featuring Alex Killorn and Teddy Purcell. The other Tampa scoring line was comrpised of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Martin St Louis.
Kucherov impressing Lightning coaches | 01/18/2014 10:50 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov has impressed the Tampa coaching staff with his play this season.
ImpactAlthough the 20-year-old only has 10 points in 25 games his offensive ability is there for everyone to see. He's a special talent, and that's why you can use words like innate or 'it' factor or all those adjectives, that's what separates those guys, Bolts' coach Jon Cooper said. Pretty high praise for the rookie forward. Keep an eye on Kucherov.
Rookie Nikita Kucherov adds another GWG | 01/15/2014 8:37 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov scored Tuesday's game-winning goal on a breakaway just nine seconds after Victor Hedman tied the game.
ImpactBoth goals were scored early in the second period. Kucherov has seven goals in 24 games and three of them have been game winners.
Nikita Kucherov scores GWG vs. Vancouver | 01/02/2014 10:08 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov's power-play goal late in the second period held up as the game winner in Wednesday's victory over Vancouver.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactHis fourth marker of the season came with just 2.6 seconds remaining on the clock. Kucherov has six points in 17 games with the Lightning since coming up from the minors.
Nikita Kucherov earns 2 assists Monday | 12/24/2013 7:09 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov chipped in two assists in Monday's win over Florida.
ImpactHe has five points and a plus-7 rating in 14 games with the Lightning. The 20-year-old forward had gone five games in a row without a point entering Monday's contest. He has a great deal of potential, but it may take him a season or two to live up to it.
Kucherov practises on 1st PP unit Friday | 12/14/2013 11:01 AM
NewsDon't be surprised if Nikita Kucherov gets some ice time on Tampa's first power play unit against the Devils Saturday night.
ImpactThe impressive rookie practised with the first unit Friday and has the skill to put up some offensive numbers if given a more prominent role. NHL scouts describe Kucherov's hockey IQ as off the charts. Watch him!
Nikita Kucherov scores lone goal for TBL | 12/13/2013 1:28 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov was the only goal scorer for the Lightning during regulation and overtime in a 2-1 shootout win over Detroit Thursday.
ImpactThe goal was the third of the campaign for the young sniper, who is turning heads with his play in Central Florida. J.T. Brown picked up the only assist on the goal.
Nikita Kucherov scores in 6-5 SO loss to Caps | 12/11/2013 8:22 AM
NewsNikita Kucherov tallied his second goal on Tuesday night since he was recalled from the minors.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactHe netted a power-play goal in the Tampa Bay's 6-5 shootout loss to Washington. Kucherov scored in his first career game, but after that he went pointless in five straight matches.
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||3||vs. Ari||Oct 28||1|
|Assists||3||2 times-last:vs. NJ||last:Apr 9||2|
|Points||3||5 times-last:vs. NJ||last:Apr 9||2|
|Penalty Minutes||15||vs. Wpg||Mar 14||2|
|Plus/Minus||4||2 times-last:at Buf||last:Dec 31||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:vs. Car||last:Dec 11||1|
|Power Play Points||2||2 times-last:vs. NJ||last:Apr 9||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||82 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Apr 11||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||82 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Apr 11||0|
|Shots||6||vs. Ari||Oct 28||6|
|Penalty Minutes||14||2013-14 (TB)|
|Power Play Goals||3||2013-14 (TB)|
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