Gusev, Nikita

Russian Regular Season Games Start Tomorrow

The European regular season will begin tomorrow, 9/1 with matches from the Russian junior league, the MHL, before the big boys start on Tuesday when Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk square off in the KHL. For the Lightning's Russian prospects, their clubs' schedules for the next week are as follows:

MHL
9-1-12, Omsk Jr. vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-4-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)

9-5-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)
9-5-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-5-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-6-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-6-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

KHL
9-6-12, Novosibirsk vs. Yaroslavl (Janus?)
9-6-12, Kazan vs. Cherepovets (Koshechkin)

Note that, as of right now, Nikita Gusev (pictured), Andrei Vasilevski, and Nikita Nesterov are currently listed on their respective clubs' MHL rosters, but are subject to potential call-up to the KHL throughout the year. Vasilevski looks to be locked into the MHL though, with Ufa's top club currently boasting veteran goaltender and former Canadiens draft pick Vadim Tarasov and ex-Syracuse Crunch netminder Iiro Tarkki.

Meanwhile, Yaroslavl may be the landing spot for goaltender Jaroslav Janus, according to reports out of Slovakia. Janus has been playing for KHL newcomer Bratislava during the preseason, but it appears he has been compelled to leave the Slovakian club by Yaroslavl, which holds his KHL draft rights, because the team is thin in net between inexperienced Nikita Lozkhin and their struggles to get Curtis Sanford in their lineup. So, Janus may even find himself playing on an emotional opening night for a Yaroslavl club he hasn't even played a preseason game behind. Recall a year ago that Yaroslavl's team perished in a tragic plane crash that led to the team pulling out of participating in the KHL last year.

Nikita Gusev

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
5.09
Weight: 
173
Born: 
07/08/1992
Age: 
24
Hometown: 
Moscow, RUS
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay in Round 7 (#202) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
St. Petersburg (KHL)
Projects As: 
Second line scoring winger

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2012
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
7
Pick No.: 
202
Draft Team: 
CSKA-2 (RUS-Jr)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt

Bio

Comment: 
signed with St. Petersburg through 2017-18 season
Awards: 

2010-2011:
MHL All Star
MHL Champion

2011-2012:
U20 WJC Silver Medal

History: 

2011-2012:
Completed his third season for CSKA's MHL team, where he has amassed an amazing 69 goals and 192 points in 120 games, a 1.60 points per game pace. Had 3 goals and 9 points for Russia in the U20 World Junior Championships en route to a Silver Medal. Ranked the #20 European skater by NHL Central Scouting Service. Selected in the 7th round, 202nd overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Nikita Gusev is a very fast player which plays a typical Russian style. He likes to play a finesse kind of game, leaving thus more than a question mark about the translation of his style to North America. He makes thing happen with his excellent speed. If left unchecked in the neutral zone he has all it takes to get on a breakaway and trick out the goalie with one of his fancy moves. He can be lethal on breakaways and his speed and technique might force defensemen to play more deep in the own zone. He has also a very good reading of the ice, even if he isn’t a pure playmaker. Unfortunately he doesn’t tie his offensive skills with an equal defensive ability. He needs to be less passive back in the zone and has to keep his feet moving even if the other team has the puck. Gusev also needs to fill his frame as now he isn’t physically ready to play pro hockey." (RussianProspect.com)

Strengths: 

Flat out lights it up statistically. He has all the puck skills and offensive hockey sense you would expect out of a Russian forward, and winds up all over the stat sheet because of it. Great in space, and a magician with the puck who dangles and buys time for his linemates as a playmaker. Also has a good sense for finding holes without the puck and jumping into them to set up a good one-timer.

Weaknesses: 

Tiny. You won't see many highlights of Gusev working his way in and out of traffic, because not much footage exists. More of a perimeter player to this point of his career. Skating lacks the high end gear you'd want from a player his size. Turns 20 in July and has yet to taste much success on the KHL level. A flight risk back to the KHL if he ever comes over to North America. The "Russian factor" strikes again.

Projection: 

Second line scoring winger

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL48 17 4057 14|Playoffs5 1 23
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19|WJAC-194 0 22 2|        
 2010-2011 CSKA MoskvaKHL18 1 01 2|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL38 22 3759 14|Playoffs16 17 1027
 2011-2012 CSKA MoskvaKHL15 2 13 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL34 30 4676 26|Playoffs19 16 1733
  Russia U20WJC-207 3 69 0|        
  Russian Selects U20Jr Super Series6 3 47 0|        
 2012-2013 CSKA MoskvaKHL6 0 11 0|        
  THK TverVHL15 7 613 2|        
  Amur KhabarovskKHL24 4 812 6|        
  Amur KhabarovskNadezhda Cup12 1 45 6|        
 2013-2014 Yugra Khanty-MansiyskKHL44 8 614 10|        
  Yugra Khanty-MansiyskNadezhda Cup6 3 36 0|        
 2014-2015 Yugra Khanty-MansiyskKHL55 21 1637 12|        
 2015-2016 Yugra Khanty-MansiyskKHL23 7 714 4|        
  SKA St. PetersburgKHL33 13 2235 10|Playoffs15 5 914
  RussiaEHT9 1 34 0|        
  Russia (all)International10 1 34 0|        
 2016-2017 SKA St. PetersburgKHL57 24 4771 8|Playoffs18 7 1623
  RussiaEHT6 3 25 6|        
  RussiaWC10 7 714 4|        
  Russia (all)International16 10 919 10|        
 2017-2018 SKA St. PetersburgKHL54 22 4062 2|Playoffs15 7 512
  RussiaEHT8 2 79 0|        
  Russia OG6 4 812 4|        
  RussiaWC4 1 34 0|        
  Russia (all)International19 9 1827 4|        
 2018-2019 SKA St. PetersburgKHL62 17 6582 10|Playoffs18 9 1019
  RussiaEHT6 0 66 0|        
  RussiaWC10 4 1216 0|        
  Russia (all)International16 4 1822 0|        
 2019-2020 New Jersey DevilsNHL26 5 914 12|        

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