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Nikita Kucherov
Nikita Kucherov
Right Wing  - TBL
Number: 86
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 178
Shoots: Left
Born: Jun 17, 1993  (Age 23)
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Drafted: TBL / 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (58th overall) PROSPECT BIO
2014-15 SEASON: Played in 82 games with the Lightning, recording 29 goals and 65 points to go along with 37 penalty minutes…Was 1 of 5 players to skate in all 82 regular season games…Set career highs for games played, goals, assists and points…Ranked tied for 1st with Max Pacioretty in the NHL with a +38 rating…Ranked tied for 2nd on the Lightning for goals (28) and was 3rd for points (65)…Registered a career-best 4-game goal streak from 2/3-10…Scored his 1st career NHL hat trick on 10/28 vs. ARI…2015 Playoffs: Played in 26 postseason games with the Lightning, recording 10 goals and 22 points to go along with 14 penalty minutes…Ranked 3rd in the NHL for points and was tied for 3rd for goals…Ranked tied for 2nd in the league with 3 game-winning goals…Was the lone player in the NHL to score 2 overtime goals…Posted 2 3-assist games during the playoffs.

2013-14 SEASON:
Skated in 52 games with the Lightning, posting 9 goals and 18 points to go along with 14 penalty minutes…Ranked 3rd on the Lightning among rookies for goals…Ranked 7th (tie-multiple players) among NHL rookies with 3 game-winning goals…Notched a 4-game point streak from Jan. 1-7 (3 goals, 1 assist)…Recorded a 3-game goal streak from Jan. 1-5…Scored his 1st career goal in his NHL debut, on his 1st shot, on Nov. 25 vs. NYR…Became the 7th player in Lightning history to record a goal in their NHL debut…Skated in 2 postseason games with the Lightning, posting 1 goal…Made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut in Game 1 against Montreal on 4/16…2012-13: Skated in 33 QMJHL games last season with the Quebec Remparts and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, posting 29 goals and 63 points to go along with a +17 rating and 14 penalty minutes…Skated in 6 games with Quebec, posting 3 goals and 10 points before being traded to Rouyn-Noranda on 11/21…Appeared in 27 games with the Huskies, registering 26 goals and 53 points to go along with a +18 rating and 12 penalty minutes…Ranked 5th on the Huskies for goals and 7th for points…Skated in 14 playoff games with Rouyn-Noranda, recording 9 goals and 24 points to go along with 10 penalty minutes and a +8 rating…Ranked 2nd on the Huskies for playoff points and assists (15) and was tied for 2nd for goals…Ranked tied for 1st on the Huskies in playoff plus/minus....Missed the beginning of the season due to off-season shoulder surgery…2011-12: Played in 18 games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, recording 1 goal and 5 points…Appeared in 23 games with CSKA’s junior team (MHL), registering 24 goals and 43 points…Played in 7 postseason games with CSKA-2, recording 3 goals and 4 points…2010-11: Played in 41 games with CSKA-2, recording 27 goals and 58 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes…Played in 8 games with CSKA (KHL), notching 2 assists…International Career: Has represented Russia on 3 occasions in international play and has won medals each time…2013: Skated for Russia at the World Junior championships, helping them win the Bronze Medal…Appeared in 7 games, recording 5 goals and 8 points to go along with 2 penalty minutes…2012: Appeared in 7 games for Russia at the World Junior Championships, registering 2 goals and 7 points, helping them capture the Silver Medal…2011: Represented Russia at the U-18 World Championships, skating in 7 games as his native country captured the Bronze Medal…Skated in 7 games, recording 11 goals and 21 points to go along with 6 penalty minutes.