Kucherov, Nikita

Prospect of the Week: February 19, 2013

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for February 19 is … Nikita Kucherov, W, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL – Canada)

Nikita Kucherov of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies is our Prospect of the Week for the fourth time this season, but this may have been his most impressive week of the year.

Kucherov, a 2011 second round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, had 12 points in three games last week, including two five-point games. He has three five-point games this season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-16-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 2-3-5, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 16-28-44, +11, 2 PIM
With R-N: 16 GP, 13-21-34, +12, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 53 GP, 22-49-71, +24, 87 PIM

Kucherov (pictured) extended his point streak to 12 games with his second five-point night in his last three games. He has 12 points in those three games, which raised his season points-per-game average to two. Kucherov’s linemate, Swiss native Sven Andrighetto (2013), had four goals and two assists for first star honors. For the Armada, Lightning prospect Cedric Paquette had his first three-point night of February; he had four in January.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: Did not play
Season totals: 44 GP, 6-25-31, +19, 49 PIM

Sergeev missed Saturday’s game, likely the result of a match penalty he received on Friday against the Sags.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 0 @ Barrie Colts 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 4-17-21, +2, 58 PIM
With Barrie: 15 GP, 2-5-7, +1, 19 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin extended his point streak to a career-high four games with an assist while helping the Colts shut out the visiting Steelheads, 3-0. Undrafted German overager Mathias Niederberger made 28 saves for the win.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 8-45-53, +15, 90 PIM

Rickard Rakell, just assigned to Plymouth from the Anaheim Ducks, had a goal and two assists and Matthew Mistele (2014) had a hat trick for the Whalers in their home win over Guelph. Rakell had no points in four games with Anaheim this season.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-2-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 12-19-31, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 12 GP, 9-12-21, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov re-injured his hand in Friday night’s game and missed Saturday’s game. He missed two weeks earlier this month with the injury.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Quebec Remparts 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 48 GP, 20-46-66, +21, 81 PIM

After points in seven straight games, Cedric Paquette is scoreless in his last two, including Saturday night’s big road win in Quebec City.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 39 GP, 6-23-29, +16, 38 PIM

The Oceanic completed a two-game weekend sweep of the Foreurs with a 3-1 win on Saturday. Sergeev was scoreless in both games of the series.

Prospect of the Week: January 30, 2013

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for January 30 is … Nikita Kucherov, W, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL – Canada)

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov made his 2013 QMJHL debut last week after missing nearly the entire month of January because of his participation in the 2013 World Junior Championships in Russia and rehabbing an injury he sustained in the tournament.

Bolt Prospects has learned that Kucherov sustained an arm injury when he was knocked to the ice late in the tourney. He returned to Quebec immediately after the WJCs to heal.

When he was deemed healthy again, Kucherov wasted no time finding the scoresheet for the Huskies, notching a goal and an assist on Friday in a loss to fellow Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev and Val-d’Or. The next day he mirrored his Friday effort with a goal and a helper in a loss to Chicoutimi. Finally, he produced a goal and two assists on Sunday in a big win over the Sagueneens to give him three goals and seven points in three games last week.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-25-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 15 GP, 11-15-26, +4, 2 PIM
With R-N: 9 GP, 8-8-16, +5, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist for the second straight game since returning from an upper body injury. His Huskies outshot the Sags, 27-19, but fell at home, 4-2. The Huskies have lost four in a row and seven of their past 10.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-41-47, +17, 80 PIM

Guelph scored a big home win over division-rival Owen Sound, 2-1. Tanner Richard was scoreless for the victors. Blues goalie prospect Jordan Binnington has been near unbeatable lately, but Guelph was able to sneak two by him for their sixth straight win.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek (pictured, Windsor Star photo) is out for the season with an injured shoulder. He had the shoulder examined by Lightning doctors who recommended he have surgery on it for the second year in a row. He should be ready for Lightning camp next fall, though barring unforeseen circumstances, he will ultimately return to the OHL next season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-24-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 6

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 14 GP, 10-14-24, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 8 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 35 GP, 5-23-28, +16, 26 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov (pictured) was in the Rouyn-Noranda lineup for the first time since December 7 because of his time with Team Russia at the World Junior Championships and an injury sustained in the tournament. On Thursday, he faced fellow Lightning prospect and Team Russia teammate Artem Sergeev, who was plus-3 with an assist. Kucherov is a boost for the Huskies lineup as they move toward the playoff race.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 1

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 4-12-16, -3, 51 PIM
With Barrie: 8 GP, 2-0-2, -4, 12 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin was scoreless in a low-scoring Barrie win in St. Catherine’s. Niagara is no doubt missing uber-prospect defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who is on the verge of making the Boston Bruins.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-20-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov remains out of the Huskies lineup following the World Junior Championships. He is battling a minor injury sustained when he fell during the WJCs.

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-3-3, E, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 2 Hit
Season totals: 44 GP, 17-42-59, +22, 77 PIM

Cedric Paquette assisted on all three Armada goals to extend his point streak to six games, but B-B lost to the league’s top team, 4-3. Likely 2013 top-3 picks Nathan MacKinnon (1+1) and Jonathan Druin (1 goal) paced the Mooseheads. Druin was first star in the game. Halifax leads the QMJHL by 13 points over Baie-Comeau and are 20 points ahead of the Armada, who have the fourth most points.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Brampton Battalion 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 2-19-21, -5, 36 PIM

Brampton allowed just 15 shots while defeating the visiting Petes, 2-1. Blujus was on the ice for the game winning goal, scored in the third period.

Guelph Storm 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 2-0-2, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 6-41-47, +17, 80 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) had two goals to give him three this week, which doubled his season goal totals coming into this week’s games. His second goal was scored into an empty net. His six goals are seven off his previous season high of 13. He is within one point of his career high for points in a season, set in 43 games last year.

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek remains in Tampa having his shoulder evaluated. He was getting a tour of the Tampa Bay Times forum on Saturday, per Damian Cristodero of the Times.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-18-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov remains out of the Huskies lineup following the World Junior Championships. He is battling a minor injury sustained when he fell during the WJCs.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 1

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 42 GP, 17-38-55, +21, 77 PIM

Cedric Paquette had two assists and was named the game’s first star after the Armada beat the Tigres in Victoriaville on Friday night. Paquette has points in four straight games – the third time this season he’s had a point streak of at least four games.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 1

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 33 GP, 5-22-27, +14, 24 PIM

Artem Sergeev assisted on former Lightning prospect camper Brandon Hynes’ first period goal to give Sergeev points in 11 of his last 12 games. Sergeev tied his career high for points in a season at 27, set two years ago in 64 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 2-19-21, -6, 34 PIM

Dylan Blujus had a power play assist on Brampton’s third goal, which enabled the visiting Battalion to force overtime. The Rangers prevailed in a six-round shootout, 1-0. Blujus did not participate in the shootout.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 3 (SO)

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 4-12-16, -1, 47 PIM
With Barrie: 5 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 8 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Jake Dotchin scored for the second straight game, but Barrie fell in a shootout in Sudbury. Like last game, Dotchin’s goal came on the power play, an encouraging sign for prospect followers who wanted to see him in more offense-friendly situations.

Guelph Storm 6 @ Ottawa 67’s 0

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 33 GP, 4-41-45, +15, 72 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) scored shorthanded – his fourth goal of the year – to start the game, then added two assists later and earned first star as Guelph crushed Ottawa, 6-0. Richard is within three points of his career high for points in a season (48), set last year in 43 games. His career high for goals in a year is 13. Richard has 10 points in his last six games, including five in his last three.

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ London Knights 2

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek skated this week despite an injured shoulder, but The Windsor Star reported the Lightning flew him to Florida for the weekend to have the shoulder examined. The Lightning want to clear him to play before he returns to the ice. The Spits are 4-0-0-1 in their last five games and are four points from escaping the West Division cellar.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-12-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 0 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 7

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov remains out of the Huskies lineup.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 6 @ Quebec Remparts 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 31 GP, 5-21-26, +13, 24 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) extended his point streak to 10 games with two assists in a win over Patrick Roy’s Remparts. Quebec had three import players early in the year and ended up trading Nikita Kucherov. Tonight they had zero as Mikhail Grigorenko is preparing for Buffalo’s camp and Nick Sorensen was out of the lineup. Former Lightning camper Brandon Hynes had two goals and an assist for the Foreurs.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Barrie Colts 5

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-12-14, E, 45 PIM
With Barrie: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Jake Dotchin is looking for his first point after three games with the Colts, but he did help Barrie defeat the IceDogs, 5-1, on Saturday night. Barrie is playing without their star forward, Mark Scheifele, who is readying for Winnipeg Jets camp. It’s very possible he doesn’t return to the OHL. Undrafted overager Steven Beyers had two goals and four points in his absence for Barrie.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Belleville Bulls 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Kokkoek had his first point in a Spitfire uniform – a third period power play assist on the game-tying goal. Andrei Khokhlachev had two goals for Winsor. Koekkoek’s teammate last week with Peterborough, Alan Quine, had a goal for Belleville and was first star.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-11-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 (OT)

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was not in the lineup as the Huskies won in overtime despite being outshot, 48-19, in the game. Swiss forward Sven Andrighetto had four assists for the Huskies. Like Kucherov, Andrighetto participated in the World Junior Championships in Russia earlier this month.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 40 GP, 16-35-51, +19, 77 PIM

Halifax had a 3-0 lead before the second period even began, and only a goal with five seconds remaining in the game by the Armada made the score look close. Halifax teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Druin, who will fight to be the No. 1 selection in this summer’s draft, combined for just one point – an assist by Druin.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 30 GP, 5-19-24, +10, 24 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) played his first game since returning from representing the home country at the World Junior Championships in Russia and notched an assist on the Foreurs’ only goal. The point extended Sergeev's point streak to nine games. Val-d’Or registered 39 shots (21 in the third period) to Victoriaville’s 25, yet were blown out where it counted, 7-1.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-16-18, -7, 32 PIM

Plymouth outscored Brampton 4-1 in the second period and hung on for a 4-2 win on Friday night. Blujus has one assist and an even rating in his last five games. Brampton’s winless streak rose to five games.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Guelph Storm 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-12-14, -1, 43 PIM
With Barrie: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Suspended
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-36-39, +13, 72 PIM

Jake Dotchin played his second game for Barrie and was minus-2 in a road loss to Guelph. He received some power play time tonight, but was on the ice when Guelph scored shorthanded. Storm forward Tanner Richard was serving a one-game suspension for slew-footing.

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