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Nikita Kucherov
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Born June 17, 1993 (1993-06-17) (age 25)
Maykop, Russia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
CSKA Moscow
National team Template:Country data RUS
NHL Draft 58th overall, 2011
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2011–present

Nikita Kucherov (born Nikita Igorevich Kucherov on June 17, 1993) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Junior Playing CareerEdit

Nikita originally played professionally in his native Russia for CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

In the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, he was selected 58th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In an attempt to transition to the North American style, he played major junior hockey with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Tampa Bay LightningEdit

During the 2013–14 season, on November 25, 2013 (with his first shot on his first shift, against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers), Nikita became the seventh player in Lightning history to score a goal in his NHL debut.

On October 28, 2014, he recorded his first career hat trick against Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes.

During the 2014–15 NHL season, Nikita had a breakout season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kucherov posted 29 goals, 36 assists and 65 points.

He also tied for the NHL lead in plus-minus with Max Pacioretty at a +38 rating. The +38 rating also set the Lightning single season franchise record for +/- rating.

On May 20, 2015, Nikita joined Martin St. Louis as the only players in Lightning history to record two game winning goals in overtime in a single playoff year, having scored a winner that evening against the New York Rangers; he had scored one in Game 1 of the prior round against the Montreal Canadiens.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Krasnaya Armiya MHL 53 29 25 54 40 5 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Krasnaya Armiya MHL 47 27 31 58 81 10 5 8 13 16
2010–11 CSKA Moscow KHL 9 0 2 2 0
2011–12 Krasnaya Armiya MHL 23 24 19 43 40 7 3 1 4 0
2011–12 CSKA Moscow KHL 18 1 4 5 4
2012–13 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 6 3 7 10 2
2012–13 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 27 26 27 53 12 14 9 15 24 10
2013–14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 17 13 11 24 10
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 9 9 18 14 2 1 0 1 0
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 29 36 65 37 26 10 12 22 14
KHL totals 27 1 6 7 4
NHL totals 134 38 45 83 51 27 11 12 23 14

International Edit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Russia WJC18 Template:Brca 7 11 10 21 6
2012 Russia WJC Template:Sica 7 2 5 7 2
2013 Russia WJC Template:Brca 7 5 3 8 4
Junior totals 21 18 18 36 12

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Country data Russia
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2013 Ufa
Silver 2012 Canada

On March 2, 2016, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation named Nikita to its roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

He will joined by Lightning teammates Vladislav Namestnikov and Andrei Vasilevskiy. The tournament is set to take place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.

AccoladesEdit

  • 2011 IIHF World U18 Championships: First Team All-Star