Kucherov, Nikita

NA Juniors Game Night: 10-6-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (slashing, roughing), 4 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 14 PIM

Paquette had his two game multi-point streak come to an end. He led the team in hits on Saturday against Gatineau. The Armada outshot the Olympiques 32-21, including 16-5 in the first period. They also had a 1-0 lead half-way through the final stanza before Gatineau took over.

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIM

Alexandre Lavoie (undrafted) had two goals and a couple helpers to pace the Eagles.

Note: Nikita Kucherov (Quebec) remains out with a shoulder injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (SO)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-8-9, +2, 12 PIM
D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 8 PIM

Guelph completed their third game in three nights, losing in a shootout to Owen Sound, 4-3. The Storm earned five of a possible six points in the three games. Richard (pictured) had five assists in the stretch. Owen Sound leads the Midwest Division with 11 points to Guelph’s nine.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Barrie Colts 4

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 6 PIM

A day after Petes captain Koekkoek spoke called his team out for their recent play, Peterborough put forth a better effort, but came up short in Barrie. The Petes had been outscored 14-3 in their last three games, all losses.

NA Juniors Game Night: 9-30-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 @ Quebec Remparts 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM

The Foreurs held a 2-1 lead entering the third period, but Sergeev and company couldn’t upset the CHL’s No.1 ranked team, Quebec. The Remparts, who remain without Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov who is rehabbing a shoulder injury, got three assists from Kucherov’s good friend, Mikhail Grigorenko. The Lightning passed on Grigorenko at the June draft. The Sabres took him two picks after the Lightning’s selection of of a much-needed defensive prospect, Slater Koekkoek, at 10th overall. Grigorenko has 11 points in four games so far this year.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Oshawa Generals 7

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM

Blujus’ scoreless streak reached three games as the Battalion fell in Oshawa, 7-4. Boone Jenner (Blue Jackets), Lucas Lessio (Coyotes), and Tyler Biggs (Leafs) all had two goals a piece for the Gens. Biggs was a teammate of Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin last year at Miami (Ohio) University.

Guelph Storm 4 @ London Knights 1

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, interference)
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 8 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) scored his first goal of the year and added an assist to help Guelph avenge an 8-2 loss to London a week ago with a 4-1 win Sunday. Richard’s plus-4 rating was a career high. He had a plus-3 game last November against Oshawa.

NA Juniors Game Night: 9-29-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 (SO)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM (tripping, tripping), 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 10 PIM

Serving as the seventh shooter in the extra-extra session, Paquette failed to convert his shootout attempt and the Armada lost a point to the Huskies at home. After four games, Paquette leads his club in shots, faceoffs, and faceoffs won. He is second in penalty minutes by one.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM

Sergeev earned his second assist of the season in the Foreurs’ first road game of the year. He also tied for the team lead in hits on Saturday night. The Volts scored four times on the power play, including once on a 5 on 3.

Note: Nikita Kucherov (Quebec) remains out with a shoulder injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 1

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM

Playing their third game in three nights, the Attack fell at home to Sarnia despite holding a 1-0 lead after one period. Owen Sounds went 1-1-0-1 this week and remain in first in the Midwest Division, one point ahead of Kitchener. The Attack has 17 more penalty minutes than any other team in the league. Dotchin hasn’t registered a point since accumulating two assists in the season opener.

NA Juniors Game Night: 9-21-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits

A 31-goal scorer last year, Paquette had a goal and an assist in the third period to help the Armada to a 5-3 road win. The Armada was down 2-1 entering the third period. Paquette’s goal turned out to be the game winner. An alternate captain for the team, Paquette was 17 of 28 on faceoffs and centered the Armada’s top line.

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 (SO)

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits

Sergeev’s first goal of the year came on the power play and gave Val-d’Or a brief 3-1 lead. He did not participate in the shootout, won by the Foreurs 1-0. Look for a breakout year from Sergeev (pictured) this season.

Note: Nikita Kucherov (Quebec) remains out with a shoulder injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Brampton Battalion 1 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Blujus earned his first point of the season when he had an assist on Brampton’s only goal, scored on a 5-on-3 power play. He had spent the first half of the double man advantage as the triggerman for the Battalion. Blujus did not participate in the shootout. Listening to the radio broadcast, Blujus seemed to never leave the ice.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Guelph Storm 4 (OT)

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Richard had an assist on Andrey Pedan’s (Islanders) power play goal in overtime as Guelph came back from a 3-1 deficit to win their season opener. Leafs second rounder and Guelph captain Matt Finn had three assists for the Storm.

Bolts Sign Prospect Kucherov

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed right wing Nikita Kucherov to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
 
Kucherov, 5-foot-11, 174 pounds, is currently playing with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after he was taken in the 2012 CHL Import Draft.  He has yet to appear in a game with the Remparts due to off-season shoulder surgery that also kept him off the ice for the Lightning’s 2012 Development Camp. 
 
A native of Moscow, Russia, Kucherov played in 18 games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL last season, recording a goal and five points.  He also played in 23 games with CSKA’s junior team (MHL), registering 24 goals and 43 points.  Kucherov also represented his native Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championships, recording two goals and seven points.  He ranked fourth on the team for points and assists (5).  Kucherov was also named the best forward at the 2011 U-18 World Championships after leading the tournament with 11 goals and 21 points in seven games.
 
He was selected by Tampa Bay in the second round, 58th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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