European Leagues

Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for the week ending December 7 is … Nikita Gusev, W, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).

The Goose is loose, but he’s staying in Russia.

Lightning 2012 seventh round pick Nikita “The Goose” Gusev is having another all-star year in the KHL this season, sparking talk that the diminutive playmaker could be joining his good friend Nikita Kucherov in Tampa as soon as next season.

KHL Game Day: 12-7-15

Kazan 2 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-7-15, +4, 24 PIM

Carter Ashton had a power play assist on Novgorod's lone goal in their 2-1 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. He played 17:34 in the match. Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev also assisted on the goal.

Sochi 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 34/36, 2.05 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 31 GP, 13-11-6, 0 SO, 2.27 GAA, .919 sv%

Ex-Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal for Sochi in their 2-1 win over Magnitogorsk.

KHL Game Day: 12-6-15

St. Petersburg 2 vs. Nizhnekamsk 1 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 13 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 13-13-26, +12, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a goal in 20:21 of ice time in SKA's 2-1 OT win over Nizhnekamsk. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had the OT winner for St. Petersburg. Former Syracuse Crunch forward Dan Sexton had the lone goal of the match for Nizhnekamsk.

Liiga Game Day: 12-5-15

KalPa 2 vs. Blues 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 3-1-4, E, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela was held off the board in 13:38 of ice time in KalPa's 3-2 loss to Blues.

Liiga Game Day: 12-4-15

JYP 3 vs. KalPa 4 (SO)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-1-4, +1, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela scored the game opening goal and had a minor for hooking in 15:43 in an uncharacteristically high scoring Liiga match where KalPa defeated JYP 4-3 in the Shootout. Ex-Flyers pick Petr Hubacek notched a goal in defeat for JYP.

KHL Game Day: 12-4-15

St. Petersburg 3 vs. Chelyabinsk 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 12 GP, 5-6-11, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-13-25, +11, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play helper in 18:39 of ice time as SKA St. Petersburg clipped Traktor Chelyabinsk 3-2 in OT. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of helpers in the win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Novosibirsk 2 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 8-6-14, +6, 24 PIM

Carter Ashton had a power play goal and a minor for hooking (in Overtime) in Novgorod's 3-2 Shootout win over Novosibirsk. Ashton played 20:47 in the contest. Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev assisted on the Ashton goal.

KHL Game Day: 12-2-15

Ufa 6 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 11/14, 7.48 GAA, .786 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 13-10-6, 0 SO, 2.28 GAA, .918 sv%

Ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark had a pair of helpers as Ufa tripled up Magnitogorsk 6-2. Ex-Wings first rounder Igor Grigorenko also had a goal in the match for Ufa.

Novgorod 2 vs. Novokuznetsk 4
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 7-6-13, +6, 22 PIM

Carter Ashton notched a goal in 19:04 of ice time in Novgorod's 4-2 loss to Novokuznetsk. Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev had a pair of helpers in the loss for Novgorod.

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Spartak Moscow 0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 11 GP, 5-5-10, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals: (Khanty-Mansiysl): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 12-12-24, +11, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and a helper in 16:09 of ice time as SKA St. Petersburg crushed Spartak Moscow 5-0. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk also had a goal in the win for St. Petersburg.

KHL Game Day: 11-30-15

Magnitogorsk 5 vs. Nizhnekamsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 13-9-6, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA, .920 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov turned aside all 26 shots he faced for the shootout victory in Magnitka's 5-1 thumping of Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 2 goals and 3 points in the win.

Novgorod 2 vs. Vladivostok 3 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 6-6-12, +5, 22 PIM

Carter Ashton had a power play helper and a minor for hooking in 18:55 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-2 SO loss to Admiral Vladivostok. Ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov also had a helper in the loss for Novgorod.

Sochi 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 10 GP, 4-4-8, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-11-22, +9, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev potted the GWG 2:07 into OT to lift SKA St. Petersburg to a 3-2 win over HC Sochi. Gusev played 20:35 in the match. Ex-Lightning pick Denis Kazionov potted his 4th goal of the season in defeat for Sochi.

KHL Game Day: 11-28-15

Yaroslavl 2 vs. St, Petersburg 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 9 GP, 3-4-7, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-11-21, +9, 4 PIM

Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of goals, including the game winner, in SKA's 3-2 win over Lokomotiv. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:49 in the victory.

Novgorod 2 vs. Khabarovsk 1 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-5-11, +5, 20 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 17:59 in Novgorod's 2-1 SO win over Khabarovsk. Ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn had a helper in the win for Novgorod.

Liiga Game Day: 11-27-15

KalPa 2 vs. Ilves 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 2-1-3, E, 12 PIM

Jonne Tammela had a minor for charging in 11:06 of ice time in KalPa's 2-1 win over Ilves. Ex-Flyers pick Jussi Timonen had a helper in the win for KalPa. KalPa has moved up to 3rd on the 15 team Liiga table with the victory behind just HIFK and Tappara.

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