Nikita Nesterov: Pre-Draft Reviews

Nikita Nesterov
Type: Prospect
Position: Defense
Shoots/Catches: Left
Height: 6.00
Weight: 183
Born: 03/28/1993
Age: 18
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: “Fast and quick with his stick, he’s an excellent playmaker.” “Nikita Nesterov is a promising two-way defenseman with a good shot from the point, thus being a good weapon during the powerplay. While Nesterov isn't a top notch skater, he doesn't have many problems in dealing with the opposition top skaters. Nesterov likes playing with an edge and can play pretty physical at times. He also had some brawls in his junior career, but this doesn't mean that he could do the same with the pro. He has interesting size for his age, but will need to bulk up and get stronger for the more requiring North American game. Nesterov is an intriguing prospect with all the tools to play in the NHL.”

Nesterov scores an empty net goal from fellow Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov at 3:20.