Kucherov, Nikita

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-11-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Quebec Remparts 5 (SO)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to six games to start his North American career. He was the only Rempart to convert his shootout chance, which gave Quebec the victory. Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko (pictured), Kucherov’s friend and linemate, had four goals for Quebec.

Saint John Sea Dogs 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 8

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 8-14-22, +7, 45 PIM

The Armada scored 17 goals on Saturday and Sunday, though Cedric Paquette only managed three assists. On Sunday, Danick Martel (2013) had a hat trick for the Armada.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM

The Foreurs dropped their second in a row to the Drakkar this weekend. Columbus second rounder Petr Straka had two goals for visitors.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 1 @ Brampton Battalion 5

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-21-23, +4, 42 PIM

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-8-9, -10, 20 PIM

Tanner Richard was back in the lineup for Guelph after sitting out their last game. The Storm has lost two in a row and they’ve fallen to fourth in the Midwest Division a week after being within reach of first-place Owen Sound. Brampton won their second consecutive game. They are fourth in the Central Division.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-14-16, -16, 18 PIM

Koekkoek had a power play assist, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Petes from losing their seventh game in a row. At 11 points (4-14-2-1), the Petes are three points behind Ottawa in the OHL basement.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-9-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

PEI Rocket 3 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-5-8, E, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to five games to start his North American career, scoring his third goal of the season. His goal broke a 2-2 tie for Quebec.

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 9

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Season totals: 19 GP, 8-12-20, +7, 45 PIM

Coming off two games against the Russians this week, Paquette earned an assist on Friday night against visiting Moncton. Tommy Giroux (undrafted) had two goals and four points for the Armada.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Brampton Battalion 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, E, 22 PIM

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-8-9, -10, 18 PIM

Blujus (pictured) earned his sixth point in his last seven games, but fellow Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin and the Owen Sound Attack won the game, 5-3. Dotchin, who has two points in his last four games, matched Blujus with an assist.

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-20-22, +5, 40 PIM

Richard was not in the lineup for Sarnia’s 4-2 road win over Guelph. Habs first rounder Alex Galchenyuk had the game-winning goal for the Sting.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Erie Otters 6

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-13-15, -12, 16 PIM

The Petes lost their third in a row after two-straight wins, falling to Erie, 6-3. Slater Koekkoek had two helpers in the game and continues to approach a point-per-game pace on the season. Koekkoek was scoreless and minus-2 on Thursday night for Team OHL against Team Russia.

Prospect of the Week: November 5, 2012

This week 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.

This week’s winner has only been on the ice for a couple of weeks, but is quickly making his mark.

The Prospect of the Week for November 5 is … Nikita Kucherov, winger, Quebec (QMJHL – Canada)

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-3-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-5-7, +1, 2 PIM

Remparts coach Patrick Roy went against his initial import player rotation and kept the Russians Kucherov and Grigorenko in the lineup. Grigorenko had Quebec’s only goal, with the primary assist going to his good friend Kucherov, who has at least a point in every game he’s played so far this season.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 18 GP, 8-11-19, +9, 45 PIM

Paquette was just six of 17 on faceoffs, but he did lead the club in shots on Saturday night and tied for the lead in hits. He will represent the Q on Monday in the Subway Super Series against Russia.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Erie Otters 1

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 16 PIM

Jake Dotchin (pictured) broke a 5-game scoreless streak with his first assist since opening night. Owen Sound leads the OHL with 26 points. They have won eight of their past 10 games.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 9

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 15 GP, 2-20-22, +7, 38 PIM

Richard extended his point streak to 13 games with an assist. It’s the longest current streak in the OHL and the second-longest overall streak this season behind rookie Conner McDavid of Erie, who had a 15-game streak. Brett Ritchie (Stars) had four goals for Niagara on Saturday.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-2-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 8 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-4-6, +2, 2 PIM

Kucherov (pictured) had a goal and two assists to give him six points in three games to start his North American hockey career. His line combined for 10 points on the night as Mikhail Grigorenko (Sabres) had four assists and Adam Erne (2013) had a hat trick. Kucherov was third star for the second-straight game. It’s his turn to sit out the next game as fellow import player Nick Sorensen sat out on Friday night. The Remparts can only dress two per game. Grigorenko is the other import on the roster.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM (fighting), 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-11-19, +11, 45 PIM

Paquette played his second game since returning from a suspension, and was issued a misconduct for “continuing or attempting to continue a fight” after squaring off with Jack Nevins. He had an assist after the misconduct. Teammate Chris Clapperton (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Armada.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 6 @ Victoriaville Tigres 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-9-12, +4, 10 PIM

Six different players scored for Val-d’Or, who defeated the Tigres in Victoriaville, 6-4. The game was 2-2 entering the third period.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-6-7, -12, 18 PIM

Blujus earned his fourth point in his last five games, but Brampton fell in Kingston, 6-3. Blujus also fell to a season-worst minus-12 rating. His career low is minus-14, set two years ago when Blujus was a rookie. He was plus-4 last season.

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Erie Otters 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 14 PIM

Daniel Catenacci (Sabres) and Gemel Smith (Stars) each had two goals and two assists for Owen Sound in their win over Erie. Jake Dotchin has one point in his last 14 games and none in his last five.

Oshawa Generals 1 @ Guelph Storm 4

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-19-21, +7, 36 PIM

Richard extended his point streak to 12 games with two assists against Oshawa on Friday night. In a game broadcast on NHL Network, Richard earned his first assist when he slid a pass back to Matt Finn at the point and Finn’s shot banked off the dasher of the end boards and hit goaltender Daniel Altshuller in the shoulder before falling over the goal line. Richard’s second assist came on the power play when he executed a give-and-go with Jets pick Scott Kosmachuck. Richard fed Kosmachuck in the slot for a grade-A scoring chance.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 2-9-11, -7, 12 PIM

Leafs pick Stuart Percy had a goal and an assist to pace the Steelheads to a 4-1 win over Peterborough on Friday night. The Petes broke up Spencer Martin’s shutout bid with 13 seconds left in regulation. Lightning prospect goaltender Andrei Vasilevski was drafted by Mississauga, but the Steelheads were not able to bring him to the CHL this season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-28-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Quebec Remparts 2

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM (interference), 4 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM

Kucherov (pictured, LaPresse photo) was back in the Remparts lineup and earned the primary assist on both Quebec’s goals. The Remparts came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Olympiques, 2-1. Coach Patrick Roy seems to be rotating his three import players (teams can only play two). Today, Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko sat in the press box while Kucherov and Nick Sorensen (2013) played. Roy will eventually have to trade one, unless the lockout ends and Grigorenko bolts to the NHL. Grigorenko has 24 points in 15 games this season. Sorensen has 14 in 15.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Brampton Battalion 1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, slashing)
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-5-6, -10, 18 PIM

Brampton scored just one goal for the second straight game – both big losses. On Sunday they outshot visiting Sarnia, 31-15, but gave up four goals. Montreal first rounder Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists for Steven Stamkos’ former junior club.

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 5

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-2-3, E, 14 PIM

Chris Marchese (undrafted) had two goals for Windsor. Dotchin has one point in his last 13 games and none in his last four.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, +1, 9 PIM (boarding, instigating, fighting)
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-17-19, +6, 36 PIM

Richard extended his point streak to 11 games with a third period assist. The game was chippy, to say the least, and Richard was in the middle of it again. He was suspended earlier this year for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of a game. Today he started a fight in the second period. Richard continues to lead the OHL in assists (tied with Nick Cousins of the Soo) and he’s seventh in penalty minutes, 10 behind Oshawa’s Scott Sabourin. You don’t see the assist-PIM combination too often.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-9-11, -6, 12 PIM

Are the Petes turning the corner? Peterborough, who has struggled for much of the season, won their second straight game after five straight one-goal defeats. They’re playing competitive hockey and were rewarded with two wins this weekend. Slater Koekkoek has points in three straight games. The Petes’ captain is second on the team in scoring.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-26-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 0 @ Quebec Remparts 7

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM

Kucherov sat out the game as Nick Sorensen was back in the lineup for Quebec. The Remparts can only dress two import players per game and right now the club has three possible starters from overseas: Sorensen, Kucherov, and Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko, who had a goal and an assist on Friday against the Cataractes. Adam Erne (2013) had four goals and an assist to pace the Remparts.

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 8 PIM (cross-checking, roughing, slashing, roughing), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-10-17, +11, 40 PIM

In a game broadcast on NHL Network, Paquette took four minor penalties and the Armada lost to Moncton, 3-2. The game winning goal was scored in the final minute of regulation with Paquette in the penalty box for roughing. Paquette was 10/27 on faceoffs in the game.

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 (OT)

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking), 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-9-12, +4, 10 PIM

Sergeev was back on the scoresheet with an assist and was second on the team with five shots on goal, but the Foreurs fell in a shootout to the Oceanic, 4-3 (2-1).

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-5-6, -9, 14 PIM

Blujus (pictured) scored his first goal of the year, but the Battalion lost in Mississauga, 5-1. Blujus’ goal came on the power play and made the game 4-1 late in the second period.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 3 (SO)

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 12 PIM

Matt Puempel (Senators) scored twice for the Rangers, who won in a shootout, 3-2. Kitchener won the skills competition, 1-0. Kitchener goaltender John Gibson (Ducks) stopped 42 of 44 shots in regulation and overtime, then 5 of 5 in the shootout.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Guelph Storm 4

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-15-17, +4, 27 PIM

Richard extended his point streak to nine games, which is tied for the second-longest current streak in the league (Connor McDavid, 13). Richard has two goals and 14 assists in those nine games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-25-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 8 @ Quebec Remparts 2

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits

Kucherov (pictured) made his long-awaited North American debut and scored early in the second period to give Quebec a 2-1 lead (WATCH). He showed a good burst and slick stickwork on the goal, which was scored on the forehand to the goalie's blocker side. There will be plenty more where that came from. Kucherov had missed the first six weeks of the season recovering from May shoulder surgery. That 2-1 lead quickly evaporated and the Drakkar put a snowman on the scoreboard in Bonhomme’s backyard. Quebec came into the game ranked No. 3 in all of Canadian juniors.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 1 @ Barrie Colts 2 (OT)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-5-5, -7, 14 PIM

Blujus had a point for the second straight game – a third period power play assist. Jets first rounder (2011) Mark Scheifele had a goal for Barrie. Brampton has registered at least a point in their last five games (3-0-2-0).

London Knights 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-7-9, -8, 12 PIM

The Petes lost their fifth consecutive one-goal game, this time falling to London at home. Peterborough held a 4-2 lead entering the third period, but was outshot 13-6 in the final stanza. 2011 Lightning prospect camper Seth Griffith had a goal for London, his 10th of the year. He was drafted by the Bruins last summer. Peterborough has one win in their last 10 games (1-6-2-1) and is tied with Ottawa for last in the OHL with 7 points. Peterborough has the fewest wins with two in 12 games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-21-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

News: Nikita Kucherov (Quebec) will make his league debut on Thursday against Baie-Comeau, according to multiple reports. Kucherov is recovering from May shoulder surgery. He was cleared by Lightning doctors last week.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 1 @ Brampton Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-4-4, -7, 14 PIM

Blujus’ scoreless streak ended at six games when he registered an assist on the power play with 10 seconds left in the first period.

Guelph Storm 7 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-2-2, +2, 6 PIM (roughing, slashing, tripping)
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-14-16, +4, 25 PIM

Guelph scored seven times against the Soo, giving the Storm 13 goals in their last two games. They have scored at least six goals in their last five games. Richard (pictured) moved into first in the league among assist leaders. He is tied for the team lead in points with 16, which is also good for 10th in the league (tie). Jets pick Scott Kosmachuk has 16 points in 12 games for the Storm.

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-19-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 (SO)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (interference), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-8-14, +10, 28 PIM

Paquette scored his sixth goal of the season, but the Armada fell to the Drakkar, 5-4 in a shootout. Paquette was not one of the five shooters selected to participate in the shootout.

Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 7

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-2-2, -3, 2 PIM (tripping), 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-8-11, +4, 8 PIM

One day after Artem Sergeev had his point streak snapped at four games, he earned two assists in a big Foreurs win over Gatineau. The only minus was just that – a minus-3 rating in a 4-goals-against game.

Note: Nikita Kucherov (Quebec) remains out with a shoulder injury, but was cleared by Lightning doctors on Thursday. He is expected back within the next week.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Brampton Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -7, 12 PIM

Blujus’ scoreless streak reached six games, though he was on the ice for two of the three goals the Battalion scored in the first period.

Ottawa 67’s 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, E, 10 PIM

Dotchin (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and earned his first point since opening night to help the Attack beat the 67’s on Friday night, 4-1. Dotchin had three goals in 64 games last season.

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Guelph Storm 6

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play.
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-11-12, +3, 19 PIM

Richard served the second game of a 2-game suspension for instigating a fight in the last five minutes of a game.

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