Kucherov, Nikita

Prospect Season Postponed

In light of the tragic crash of the plane carrying the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv club, the KHL has announced a revised schedule for the season. The opening of the season has been pushed back to 9/12, when Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets will face Dynamo Minsk and Nikita Kucherov and CSKA will face off against Khanty-Mansiysk. The date will also feature the emotional return of Yaroslavl to the ice against Dynamo Moscow. The league has yet to formally announce how the team's roster will be replaced, as decisions have been deferred until after the memorial service for the team.

BoltProspects would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of all of the players and crew who lost their life in the crash. In particular, BoltProspects would like to send its sincerest condolences to former Lightning draft pick Ivan Rachunek, whose brother Karel, Yaroslavl's team captain, perished in the tragedy.

Prospect Season Starts Next Week

With the passing of August, the summer is on its decline, and hockey season is almost here in North America. But, in Europe, preseason games are already being played and the regular season is set to begin next week. On Thursday, slick scoring prospect Nikita Kucherov and CSKA will square off against perennial league power Magnitogorsk in their season opener in the Russian KHL. A week later, on 9/15, action starts in the Finnish SM-liiga where Riku Helenius and JYP will open against KalPa. That day also marks the start of the Swedish Elitserien where Johan Harju and Lulea will face Vaxjo.

Nikita Kucherov: Pre-Draft Reviews

Nikita Kucherov
Position: Right Wing
Shoots/Catches: Left
Height: 5.11
Weight: 165
Born: 06/17/1993
Age: 18
Hometown: Maikop, RUS
Acquired: Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#58) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: CSKA Moscow (KHL)
Projects As: Scoring liner
Rankings: CSS 17 (International skaters), TSN 56 (overall), THN 95 (overall), Red Line Report 90 (overall)

CSKA Moscow (KHL): 8 GP, 0-2-2, 0 PIM, -3
Krasnaya Armiya (MHL): 41 GP, 27-31-58, 81 PIM
Russia (U18): 7 GP, 11-10-21 (Tournament record for points)

Nikita Kucherov


BP Alumni
Right Wing
Maikop, RUS
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#58) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Scoring Line Sniper

Draft Info

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Tampa Bay Lightning
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Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
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Contract Length: 
3 years
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$4 766 666
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$4 766 666
$4 766 666
$4 766 666



[*]Bronze Medalist, 2011 U18 World Junior Championships
[*]Named Best Forward, 2011 U18 World Junior Championships

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Quick shot, excellent stickhandler. Insanely creative, but inconsistent."


One of the purest finishers in the 2011 draft class. Had an unbelievable 11 goals and 21 points in 7 games at the U18 World Junior Championships en route to winning a Bronze Medal and being named the tournament's Best Forward. Excellent agility and "wiggle" in his game allows him to elude defenders and give himself space to create.


Has a reputation for being a diver. Also has a reputation for being a perimeter player who doesn't go into high traffic areas or work along the wall consistently. Would be more effective in that aspect of the game if he was stronger. Like many Russians, he has the tendency to hang onto the puck too much and not share it with linemates.


Boom or bust. World class, goal scoring winger in the NHL or lifetime KHL star.


Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 CSKA Moskva U17Russia U17 Finals6 7 29 16|        
  CSKA Moskva U17Russia U17- - -- -|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL53 29 2554 40|Playoffs5 0 22
 2010-2011 CSKA MoskvaKHL9 0 22 0|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL41 27 3158 81|Playoffs10 5 813 16 
  Russia U18WJC-187 11 1021 6|        
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19|WJAC-194 2 57 2|        
  Russia U18Hlinka Memorial4 1 12 2|        
 2011-2012 CSKA MoskvaKHL18 1 45 4|        
  Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL23 24 1943 40|Playoffs7 3 14
  Russia U20WJC-207 2 57 2|        
  Russian Selects U20Jr Super Series6 4 37 2|        
 2012-2013 Québec RempartsQMJHL6 3 710 2|        
  Rouyn-Noranda HuskiesQMJHL27 26 2753 12|Playoffs14 9 1524 10 
  Russia U20WJC-207 5 38 4|        
 2013-2014 Tampa Bay LightningNHL52 9 918 14|Playoffs2 1 01
  Syracuse CrunchAHL17 13 1124 10|        
 2014-2015 Tampa Bay LightningNHL82 29 3665 37|Playoffs26 10 1222 14 
 2015-2016 Tampa Bay LightningNHL77 30 3666 30|Playoffs17 11 819
 2016-2017 Tampa Bay LightningNHL74 40 4585 38|        
  RussiaWCup4 2 13 0|        
  RussiaEHT2 0 00 0|        
  RussiaWC10 7 815 8|        
  Russia (all)International19 11 1021 10|        
 2017-2018 Tampa Bay LightningNHL80 39 61100 42|Playoffs17 7 1017 10 
 2018-2019 Tampa Bay LightningNHL- - -- -|        

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