Nesterov, Nikita

AHL Preseason Game Day: 9-29-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Syracuse finishes the preseason up.


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss, but was also named the game's third star in defeat.

Nikita Nesterov had a shorthanded goal for the Crunch and added a helper in the contest. Cedric Paquette got the Crunch's second goal, deflecting a Nesterov point shot on the power play.

Syracuse will get an influx of 8 players from Tampa Bay, including veteran Dana Tyrell and ex-first rounder Brett Connolly. They'll have a week of practice before opening their season Saturday in Binghamton against the Senators.

Game recap from

2013 Development Camp: Days 2, 3 and 5

Apologies for the delayed observations but personal circumstances have necessitated a combined summary of impressions from several days I attended.

The bulk of the following observations stem from last Wednesday's 3-on-3 tournament action (I was unable to make it Tuesday) although some does come from the on-ice sessions last Sunday and Monday. Here are some thoughts on a limited number of camp participants, from those I went out of my way to watch and those my eyes kept being drawn to:

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-15-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Gagarin Cup Finals:
Dynamo Moscow 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 4
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 3-2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 18 GP, 0-4-4, -3, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Andrei Kostitsyn's goal with 4:58 left in regulation lifted Traktor Chelyabinsk to a 4-3, Game Five win over Dynamo Moscow. The series is extended to Game Six. Lightning prospect Nikita Nesterov again showed his flexibility by playing some forward. He played 11:21 in the match, going 17% on 7 draws and assisting on a First Period, even strength goal. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil continued his strong Finals by posting 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Dynamo. Despite previous indications he might leave Traktor to join Team Russia for the upcoming U18 World Junior Championships, potential top-10 pick Valery Nichushkin did suit up and was scoreless in 16:45 in the game. Game Six is Wednesday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 4-12-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Gagarin Cup Finals
Chelyabinsk 0 vs. Dynamo Moscow 1
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 3-1
Nikia Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil assisted on the game's only goal in Dynamo Moscow's 1-0, Game Four win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. Nikita Nesterov played 6:27 in the match for Traktor, which now rests on the edge of elimination. Game Five is Monday.

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