Kucherov, Nikita

European Game Day: 10-4-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP-5 @ SaiPa 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-4 shootout win over SaiPa. JYP faces Karpat next on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 0 @ Novgorod 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/23, 3.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .917 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin scored to lead Novgorod to a 3-0 win over Cherepovets. Severstal faces Dynamo Riga next on Friday.

CSKA 3 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov's scoring streak ended a 1 game after he went scoreless in 7:02 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. The forward is averaging 8:36 of ice time per game through 9 games this season. CSKA draws Khabarovsk next on Thursday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 2 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Sami Sandell beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena midway through the third period to life Lulea to a 3-2 win over Linkopings. Lulea faces Brynas on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 10-2-11

CSKA 3 @ Novosibirsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Finally! Something good happens for Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov! The young sniper assisted on a Dmitri Monya third period goal in 9:05 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novosibirsk. It was Kucherov's first point of the season. CSKA gets Novokuznetsk next on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 9-30-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 5 @ HIFK 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-2 thumping of HIFK. HIFK features former Lightning draft picks Eero Somervuori and Erikki Rajamaki, who were both scoreless in the match. JYP leaps out of the basement over 3 teams into 11th on the SM-liiga table with the win. They face SaiPa on Tuesday.

KHL (Russia):
Spartak Moscow 2 @ CSKA 1 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Why do I hate it when 18 year old Russians stay in the KHL rather than coming to North America to develop? This is why. Nikita Kucherov was scoreless and -1 in a sparing 4:59 of ice time in CSKA's 2-1 shootout loss to Spartak. Young players need to play to get better. Period. CSKA faces Novosibirsk next on Sunday. Here's hoping Kucherov actually gets some ice time.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Togliatti Jr. 6 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov. Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 6-5 shootout loss to Togliatti Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Yaroslavl Jr. next Friday.

KHL Game Day: 9-25-11

KHL:
Dynamo Riga 5 @ CSKA 3
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a rough 6:57 of ice time in CSKA's 5-3 loss to Riga. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a pair of assists in the loss for CSKA. CSKA plays Spartak Moscow on Friday.

MHL:
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Orenburg 7
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr. 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-4-8, +10, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a shorthanded assist, but was an uncustomary -2 today in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 7-5 loss to Orenburg. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Ufa Jr. on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 9-23-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 1 @ Pelicans 3
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 27/30, 3.09 GAA, .900 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .887 sv%

The good news is Riku Helenius has started the season in a tandem situation for JYP in the SM-liiga. The bad news is he's still looking for his first win after falling 3-1 to Lahti today. Ex-Lightning player Eric Perrin had a helper on JYP's only goal. JYP faces Blues Espoo tomorrow.

KHL (Russia):
CSKA 3 @ Poprad 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

CSKA overcame a goal by ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy to defeat Slovakian-based Poprad 3-2. Nikita Kucherov played 8:11 in the match. Ex-Lightning prospect Vladimir Mihalik was -1 in 17:24 on the blueline for Poprad. CSKA faces Dynamo Riga on Sunday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 7 @ Nizhnekamsk Jr. 3
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-3-7, +12, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov may be cooling off offensively, after back-to-back scoreless games, but he did run his +/- to +12 in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 7-3 shellacking of Nizhnekamsk Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. draws Orenburg on Sunday.

KHL Game Day: 9-19-11

KHL
Dynamo Riga 5 @ CSKA 3
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

Ex-NHLer Sandis Ozolinsh had a goal in Dynamo Riga's 5-3 win over CSKA. Nikita Kucherov played 6:57 in the match. CSKA faces Slovakian side Poprad on Friday.

MHL
Novokuznetsk Jr. 3 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 4 (SO)
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, 10 PIM, +10

Nikita Nesterov was held scoreless but did run his season +/- to +10 in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 4-3 shootout win over Novokuznetsk Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. plays Nizhnekamsk Jr. on Friday.

European Game Day: 9-17-11

SM-liiga (Finland)
Karpat 3 @ JYP 2
Riku Helenius, Loss, 20/23, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%

Riku Helenius and JYP allowed a pair of third period goals to squander a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes in their 3-2 loss to Karpat. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the match for JYP. JYP's next game is on Wednesday against Blues Espoo.

KHL (Russia)
St. Petersburg 4 @ CSKA 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal and ex-Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had an assist is St. Petersburg's 4-1 thumping of CSKA. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov played 11:31 in the loss for CSKA. CSKA faces Dynamo Riga on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden)
Lulea 1 @ Frolunda 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

Johan Harju scored the game opening goal off assists from Niklas Olausson and ex-Stars second rounder Johan Fransson, but Lulea fell 2-1 to Frolunda. Lulea faces Djurgardens next on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 9-14-11

KHL
CSKA 1 @ Omsk 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo made 22 saves in Omsk's 2-1 win over CSKA. Nikita Kucherov played 12:03 in the match for CSKA. They will face SKA St. Petersburg next on Saturday.

MHL
Ufa Jr. 4 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 5
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-3-6, +8, 2 PIM

Nikita Nesterov assisted on an Igor Cherkasov goal in Chelyabinsk's 5-4 win over Ufa's junior team. Chelyabinsk's next match is Sunday to start a 2 game set against Novokuznetsk's junior team.

KHL Game Day: 9-12-11

KHL
Cherepovets 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 26/27, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%

Evgeny Ketov had 1 goal and 1 assist and Vasily Koshechkin made 26 saves in Cherepovets' 3-1 opening victory over Dynamo Moscow.

CSKA 3 @ Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had 2 penalty minutes in 9:03 of ice time in CSKA's 3-2 opening victory over Yugra. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a helper in the match for CSKA. CSKA faces Omsk on Wednesday, 9/14, for their next match.

MHL
Orenberg 4 @ Chelyabinsk 6
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 1-1-2, 0 PIM, +2
Season totals: 3 GP, 3-2-5, +7, 2 PIM

Nikita Nesterov is off to a hot start for Chelyabinsk's junior team in the MHL, with a power play goal today in their win over Orenberg. Chelyabinsk is 2-1 thus far this season. Their next match is on Wednesday, 9/14, against Ufa's junior team.

Prospect Season Postponed

In light of the tragic crash of the plane carrying the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv club, the KHL has announced a revised schedule for the season. The opening of the season has been pushed back to 9/12, when Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets will face Dynamo Minsk and Nikita Kucherov and CSKA will face off against Khanty-Mansiysk. The date will also feature the emotional return of Yaroslavl to the ice against Dynamo Moscow. The league has yet to formally announce how the team's roster will be replaced, as decisions have been deferred until after the memorial service for the team.

BoltProspects would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of all of the players and crew who lost their life in the crash. In particular, BoltProspects would like to send its sincerest condolences to former Lightning draft pick Ivan Rachunek, whose brother Karel, Yaroslavl's team captain, perished in the tragedy.

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