Nikita Kucherov

Basics

Type: 
BP Alumni
Position: 
Right Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
5.11
Weight: 
174
Born: 
06/17/1993
Age: 
21
Hometown: 
Maikop, RUS
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#58) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Scoring Line Sniper
Prospect Ranking: 
2
Depth Chart Weight: 
1
Grad Date: 
03/13/2014

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2011
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
2
Pick No.: 
58
Draft Team: 
CSKA-2 (RUS-Jr)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
09/10/2012
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$742 500
Contract Start Year: 
2013
Contract End Year: 
2016
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$692 500
Salary: 
$742 500
Salary: 
$792 500

Bio

Awards: 

[*]Bronze Medalist, 2011 U18 World Junior Championships
[*]Named Best Forward, 2011 U18 World Junior Championships

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Quick shot, excellent stickhandler. Insanely creative, but inconsistent."
-THN

Strengths: 

One of the purest finishers in the 2011 draft class. Had an unbelievable 11 goals and 21 points in 7 games at the U18 World Junior Championships en route to winning a Bronze Medal and being named the tournament's Best Forward. Excellent agility and "wiggle" in his game allows him to elude defenders and give himself space to create.

Weaknesses: 

Has a reputation for being a diver. Also has a reputation for being a perimeter player who doesn't go into high traffic areas or work along the wall consistently. Would be more effective in that aspect of the game if he was stronger. Like many Russians, he has the tendency to hang onto the puck too much and not share it with linemates.

Projection: 

Boom or bust. World class, goal scoring winger in the NHL or lifetime KHL star.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL53 29 2554 40|Playoffs5 0 22
 2010-2011 CSKA MoskvaKHL9 0 22 0|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL41 27 3158 81|Playoffs10 5 813 16 
  Russia U18WJC-187 11 1021 6|        
  Russia U19WJAC-194 2 57 2|        
 2011-2012 CSKA MoskvaKHL18 1 45 4|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL23 24 1943 40|Playoffs7 3 14
  Russia U20WJC-207 2 57 2|        
  Russian SelectsJr Super Series6 4 37 2|        
 2012-2013 Québec RempartsQMJHL6 3 710 2|        
  Rouyn-Noranda HuskiesQMJHL27 26 2753 12|Playoffs14 9 1524 10 
  Russia U20WJC-207 5 38 4|        
 2013-2014 Tampa Bay LightningNHL52 9 918 14|Playoffs2 1 01
  Syracuse CrunchAHL17 13 1124 10|        
 2014-2015 Tampa Bay LightningNHL6 0 22 2|        

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