Sergeev, Artem

Prospect of the Week: January 15, 2013

After a break for the World Junior Championships, 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 15 is … Artem Sergeev, D, Val-d’Or (QMJHL – Canada)

Artem Sergeev is what we call a “bonus pick.” He went undrafted twice, but the Lightning saw enough in him last season to commit an NHL contract to him as a free agent on July 1.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-13-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 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.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7 @ Halifax Mooseheads 0

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 41 GP, 17-36-53, +21, 77 PIM

Cedric Paquette scored the game’s opening goal, then assisted on the Armada’s seventh and final goal, as Blainville-Boisbriand blew out Cape Breton, 7-0.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 5

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 32 GP, 5-21-26, +11, 24 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s 10 game point streak was snapped in a 5-2 loss to the Volts. The Foreurs pulled within two goals with half a period to go, but Drummondville added an empty net goal late.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Brampton Battalion 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 2-18-20, -6, 32 PIM

Dylan Blujus (pictured) had his fourth multi-point game of the year, helping Brampton to a close home win over the Wolves.

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Guelph Storm 4

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-38-41, +13, 72 PIM

Tanner Richard returned from serving a one-game suspension for slew footing and had two assists for Guelph as they beat the Frontenacs in central Ontario.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Oshawa Generals 1

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 suffered a shoulder injury last game and will be re-evaluated on Monday. Initial reports state he separated his shoulder, which would mean he would miss 4-6 weeks. Koekkoek missed the majority of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He bruised a shoulder in the pre-season this year, but only missed exhibition games.

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.

Lightning Prospect WJC Review

The Lightning had five prospects at the 2013 Under-20 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, and four came away with medals.

Here’s a look how each prospect fared, and what their future might look like.

Nikita Kucherov, RW, Russia
7 Games Played, 5-3-8, +4, 4 PIM, 21 SOG

While Kucherov may only remember his missed shootout attempt against Sweden in the semifinals right now, years from now will look at his Bronze medal and be satisfied with his play throughout the competition. Kucherov was arguably Russia’s best forward in the tournament, though Mikhail Grigorenko (Sabres) was the only forward named among the team’s three best by the coaches at tournament’s end. In the opinion of TSN commentator Ray Ferraro, Kucherov was the team’s best forward. He and Grigorenko were by far the most consistent and dangerous forwards for the Russians at the event, and the two were responsible for 14 points together.

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