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.
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.
Hanty-Mansiysk 2 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 29/31, 2.00 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 2.51 GAA, .924 sv%
Vadim Shipachev had a hat trick to lead Cherepovets to a 4-2 win over Yugra.
Lukko 4 @ JYP 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 24/27, 3.09 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%
Ex-NHL first rounder Kris Beech had a goal in Lukko's 4-1 win over JYP. Riku Helenius and JYP are now languishing in last place on the SM-liiga table. JYP faces Assat on Thursday.
MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Ufa Jr. 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 10 PIM
Nikita Nesterov's mini-cold streak continues, from an offensive standpoint, but he got back on the plus side of the ledger in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-1 victory over Ufa Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. gets Togliatti's junior team on Friday.
Farjestads 0 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM
Minnesota Wild draft pick Johan Gustafsson had an 18 save shutout in Lulea's 2-0 win over Farjestads. Lulea faces AIK on Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cherepovets 6 @ Novgorod 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 39/41, 2.00 GAA, .951 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 1.51 GAA, .956 sv%
Lest you might have forgotten over the offseason, big 6'6" goaltender Vasily Koshechkin is still one of the best in all of Russia. The netminder stopped 39 pucks today to lead Severstal to a 6-2 thumping of Novgorod. Cherepovets faces Omsk on Thursday.
Novokuznetsk Jr. 4 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 1-0-1, +1, 8 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 4-3-7, +9, 10 PIM
Nikita Nesterov had the game opening goal and took 8 minutes in penalties in Chelyabinsk's MHL side's 4-2 loss to Novokuznetsk Jr. The two teams will have a rematch tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nesterov, a puck-moving defenseman with a mean streak drafted out of Russia, was selected in the CHL Import Draft by Tri-City following the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Paperwork could not be formalized last summer, so Nesterov stayed him. It was expected he would be taking his talents to Kennewick, Washington, this year instead of remaining in Russia, but it appears that is not to be the case.
After the 2011 NHL Entry Draft Lightning Head Scout Al Murray said Nesterov was "hoping to be in Tri-City from the get-go this campaign."
Hometown: Chelyabinsk, RUS
Acquired: Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 5 (#148) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: Belie Medvedi Chelyabinsk (MHL)
Projects As: Two-Way Depth Defenseman
Rankings: CSS 32 (International skaters), THN 87]/b]
Stats: Belie Medvedi Chelyabinsk (MHL): 46 Games played, 5-14-19, 72 PIM
Russia (U-18): 7 Games played, 2-2-4, 29 PIM
[b]The Hockey News: â€œFast and quick with his stick, heâ€™s an excellent playmaker.â€