Kucherov, Nikita

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-24-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-9-14, +3, 2 PIM
With R-N: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist against Acadie-Bathurst. He now has four points in two games since joining Rouyn-Noranda. He has also “starred” in both games. So far he’s looking like a fine acquisition for the Huskies.

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-15-20, +6, 16 PIM

Artem Sergeev’s point streak increased to five games with two assists against the defending Memorial Cup champs. He matched last season’s point total in 20 fewer games.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 0

D Jake Dotchin, OS: Did not play
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, E, 29 PIM

Jake Dotchin remains out of the Attack lineup due to a possible suspension. Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) had a goal for London.

Ottawa 67’s 5 @ Guelph Storm 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-31-33, +10, 54 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) had his third 3-assist game in his last five outings, helping the Storm to a 7-5 win over the 67’s. All of his points came in the first period when Guelph skated to a 4-1 lead at the first intermission. Scott Kosmachuk (Jets) had a hat trick for Guelph. Richard leads the Storm in scoring by a point over Kosmachuk. He is two helpers behind Ryan Strome (Islanders/Niagara) for the league lead in assists.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Sarnia Sting 8

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 3-16-19, -17, 20 PIM

Peterborough continues to struggle, this time losing big to Sarnia, 8-2. Charles Sarault (undrafted) had a goal and four assists for the Sting.

Kucherov Set Free, Traded to Huskies

Patrick Roy knows how to make headlines.

This summer, the NHL Hall of Famer and Quebec Remparts coach/general manager made news when he chose Lightning 2010 second rounder and scoring star Nikita Kucherov out of the CSKA program in Russia during the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. Few thought Kucherov was even an option to come to North America, but Roy obviously knew better, and he had an ace up his sleeve by the name of Mikhail Grigorenko.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-18-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3 (SO)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov sat for the third straight game. As one of three import players with the Remparts, he is reportedly on the league trading block. Mikhail Grigorenko (Sabres) and Nick Sorensen (2013) – Quebec’s other import players – had both goals on Sunday.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 23 GP, 10-16-26, +7, 50 PIM

Paquette had his 4-game point streak snapped by the Phoenix. He had seven points in those four games.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 24 GP, 5-12-17, +6, 16 PIM

After a 3-game scoreless streak, Sergeev responded with four points in his next three games. He had two helpers on Sunday to pull within three points of the total he accumulated last year in 46 games (20). His career high is 27 points in 64 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 0 @ Owen Sound Attack 1

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, E, 29 PIM

Jordan Binnington (Blues) had his second-consecutive shutout, stopping 26 Spitfire shots. Jake Dotchin (pictured) was ejected from the game early in the third period for being involved in the second fight to occur during one stoppage of play. The OHL is trying to crack down on anything resembling a line brawl.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-16-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2 (OT)

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov sat for the second straight game, then after the game reports began to surface that Kucherov was on the QMJHL trading block. One reporter said Kucherov had been playing “lazy.” Quebec has three import players and one has to move, though it was assumed Kucherov and his good friend Mikhail Grigorenko would be the ones staying. Nick Sorensen is the other import player. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Kucherov was a surprise Import Draft selection because few expected him to be interested in coming to North America. Quebec’s Patrick Roy knew something others didn’t, and having Grigorenko on the Remparts was no doubt a big help in getting that talented Kucherov to North America. Kucherov could choose to return to Russia if he’s not happy with his next playing situation. Stay tuned.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-16-26, +7, 45 PIM

Marc-Olivier Roy (undrafted) had two goals and an assist for the Armada in their win over the visiting Volts.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 5-9-14, +6, 14 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) snapped a 3-game scoreless streak with a goal in New Brunswick. He is within two goals of his career high of seven goals, scored last year in 46 games. Moncton outshot the Foreurs, 42-21, on Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-8-10, -9, 20 PIM

Dylan Blujus scored his second goal of the year in a 4-3 win in Wayne Gretzky’s old stomping grounds. The Soo had a 2-0 lead entering the second period before the Battalion scored three times in the middle frame. Blujus had seven goals in 66 games last year.

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 5

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-4-5, E, 22 PIM

Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) had a goal and two assists for London and was given First Star honors. Griffith and Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov were linemates last year in London. With the win, the Knights leapfrogged the Attack for first in the Midwest Division. They also took over the OHL lead in points by one over Barrie and Owen Sound.

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Guelph Storm 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-25-27, +6, 44 PIM

Tanner Richard had three helpers to regain the OHL assist lead from Islanders first rounder Ryan Strome (Niagara) at 25. Richard has played in two fewer games than Strome, who leads the league with 39 points. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom scored his first of the year for Guelph.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-15-18, -14, 18 PIM

This was a 3-2 game halfway through the game until the Fronts exploded for a 7-3 win.

NA Juniors Game Night: 11-14-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5

W Nikita Kucherov, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov and his 6-game point streak were scratched on Wednesday as fellow Rempart import Nick Sorensen took his place in the lineup. CHL teams can only dress two import players, and Mikhail Grigorenko is the team points leader, so he’s unlikely to come out. Sorensen (2013), who has sat for the last handful of games, had a goal and an assist in the Remparts’ loss to Rimouski. Grigorenko (Sabres) had a goal to give him 17 in 19 games. He has 37 points this year. The Lightning skipped over Grigorenko in the 2012 draft in favor of defenseman Slater Koekkoek, which better filled an organizational need. Sooner or later Quebec General Manager Patrick Roy will have to trade one of his import stars, especially if the NHL lockout continues so the Sabres can’t solve that problem for him.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM

Artem Sergeev is scoreless in his last three games, which matches his longest scoreless streak of the season. He has one assist in his last six games. Earlier this year he snapped out of a 3-game scoreless streak with six points in his next three games.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-8-9, -9, 20 PIM

Matej Machovsky (undrafted) stopped 29 of 31 shots to earn first star honors for Brampton as they won on the road in Sudbury.

Guelph Storm 1 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-22-24, +4, 42 PIM

Belleville’s Malcolm Subban (Bruins) won a goaltending battle with Garrett Sparks (Leafs) as the Bulls defeated the Storm, 2-1, in a shootout. Subban was 35/36 in regulation and overtime, then 1 for 2 in the shootout. That was good enough to beat Sparks, who had 41 saves through overtime, but was 0 for 2 in the shootout. Malcolm’s brother, Jordan, scored the shootout winner for Belleville. Lightning prospect Tanner Richard did not participate in the shootout, but had the primary assist on Guelph’s second period goal.

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