CSKA 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM
Depleted by the World Cup of Hockey, SKA's offensive juggernaut ground to a near halt in their 2-1 loss to CSKA. The team was without key players like Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeny Dadonov for the match. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:35 in the match. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk had a helper in defeat.
Yaroslavl Jr. 3 vs. Novgorod Jr. 0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Yaroslavl Jr. dressed seven defensemen, but Oleg Sosunov was not in the lineup for the club's 3-0 win over Novgorod Jr. Sosunov is attempting to break into the regular lineup at the MHL level after spending most of last season in the lower tier MHL-B league.
Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. Novgorod Jr. 2 (SO)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Hulking defenseman Oleg Sosunov was scoreless in Loko Jr.'s season opener, which was a 2-1 SO defeat at the hands of Novgorod Jr. After playing just 3 games at the MHL level last season, Sosunov is looking to make the leap to the top junior league in Russia full-time this year.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Nizhnekamsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, +7, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev had the game's opening goal and a minor for slashing in 16:17 of ice time as SKA clobbered Nizhnekamsk 5-1. Captain Pavel Datsyuk had a goal in the victory for SKA, and his 4-3-7 thus far this season matches Gusev's production. Through 6 games, the club is averaging a gaudy 4.5 goals per game.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Togliatti 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and assist in 13:36 of ice time as SKA rolled over Lada Togliatti 5-1. Gusev is now over a point a game through five games, playing primarily on SKA's second scoring line alongside ex-NHLer Evgeny Dadonov and three time KHL All Star Vadim Shipachyov.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Kazan 6 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength assist in SKA's 6-5 SO loss to Kazan. The forward played 16:15 in the match and also converted on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session. Pavel Datsyuk had 2 goals and 3 points in the loss for SKA. Kazan got a helper from captain and former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov in their win.
St. Petersburg 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev was held off the scoresheet in 12:52 of ice time as SKA doubled up Magnitogorsk 4-2. Ex-NHL'er Slava Voynov had a pair of helpers for SKA in the win. Ex-Lightning pick Vasily Koshechkin took the loss for Magnitka.
St. Petersburg 7 vs. Ufa 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev had SKA's capping goal in garbage time of their 7-1 rout of Ufa. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk led the way with a hat trick and three assists for St. Petersburg for the rare six point match.
Chelyabinsk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 1 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev started off his season with a power play helper in 14:47 of ice time in SKA's 2-1 OT loss to Traktor Chelyabinsk. Ex-Lightning forward Paul Szczechura had a goal in the match for Traktor. The game marked the return of Russian superstar Pavel Datsyuk, who now wears the C for SKA, to his country's top league.
Name: Oleg Sosunov
Weight: 243 lbs.
Birthdate: 13 APR 98
Club: Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B)
Loko Yaroslavl (MHL), 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B), 39 GP, 4-8-12, 66 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 0-2-2, 10 PIM
"He’s a big fella out of Russia. Halfway through the season Kari Kettunen, our Finnish scout, he’s got some people that he knows in Russia and he got a phone call from one of the guys, saying ‘I have a guy here that I think somebody should come in and take a look at that I think is a little under the radar.’ So, Kari made a special trip Russia – secret agent 007 Kettunen -- went into Russia – Yaroslavl – took a look at him and came out and was very complimentary. Came back and we sent Anton Routa – another scout – in a separate trip to go take a look, and Anton confirmed Kari’s excitement that this is a big guy who skates really well and has some skill and is very raw. Both his parents were, I believe, Olympic athletes, and so he’s got a natural athletic background and he’s very coordinated for a big man. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to come to Development Camp; he’s in training camp with the Yaroslavl men’s team trying to get a spot within their organization, and with the short notice to try to get a Russian visa would have been difficult as well, so unfortunately people won’t see Oleg, but he’s a big man and we’ll see what happens going forward there." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray