|Born||June 17, 1993 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning|
|National team||Template:Country data RUS|
|NHL Draft||58th overall, 2011|
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Junior Playing Career[edit | edit source]
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 Lightning[edit | edit source]
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 Statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|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|
|2015-16||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||77||30||36||66||30||17||11||8||19||8|
|2016–17||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||74||40||45||85||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017-18||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||80||39||61||100||42||17||7||10||17||10|
|2018–19||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||82||41||87||128||62||3||0||2||2||19|
|2019–20||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||68||33||52||85||38|
International[edit | edit source]
International Play[edit | edit source]
|Competitor for Template:Country data Russia|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
On March 2, 2016, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation named Nikita to its roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Accolades[edit | edit source]
- 2011 IIHF World U18 Championships: First Team All-Star