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Nikita Kucherov | Winger

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/17/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 171
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Nikita Kucherov was a healthy scratch in Game 3.
The rookie forward played in Tampa Bay's previous two games of the series and he scored in Game 1. The Lightning wanted to go with more experience and grit, so they dressed Tom Pyatt and B.J. Crombeen and scratched Kucherov and Richard Panik. Apr 21 - 11:26 AM

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Nikita Kucherov found the back of the net in his playoff debut Wednesday night.

He opened the scoring in Game 1 in Tampa Bay's 5-4 overtime defeat. Kucherov also scored in his regular season debut with the Lightning back in November, but that marker ended up being a game winner.
Apr 17 - 11:11 AM

Nikita Kucherov potted his ninth goal of the season in his return to the lineup on Monday night.

He went 14 straight games without scoring heading into Monday's appearance. Kucherov had been relegated to the press box for seven of Tampa Bay's last eight contests. He finished the game with three shots and a minus-1 rating in 8:41 of ice time.
Mar 25 - 7:45 AM

Nikita Kucherov will dress Monday night versus Ottawa.

He has been a healthy scratch for five straight games and seven of Tampa Bay's past eight. "He's 20, so I think he's taken a huge step as it is just to play however many games he has played," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's learning about the NHL. Kucherov played (17) games in the American Hockey League, so he's learning pro and everything he's been doing has been two thumbs up from me." He has one assist in his last 10 games and he hasn't scored a goal since Jan. 19.
Mar 24 - 5:11 PM

Rookie Nikita Kucherov is getting the opportuninty to center a scoring line on a regular basis.

He has impressed the Bolts' coaching staff immensely this season. In 31 games Kucherov has registrered 14 points and he is getting better game by game. In line rushes prior to Saturday's contest against Montreal he centered a line featuring Alex Killorn and Teddy Purcell. The other Tampa scoring line was comrpised of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Martin St Louis.
Feb 1 - 12:57 PM

Nikita Kucherov has impressed the Tampa coaching staff with his play this season.

Although the 20-year-old only has 10 points in 25 games his offensive ability is there for everyone to see. He's a special talent, and that's why you can use words like innate or 'it' factor or all those adjectives, that's what separates those guys, Bolts' coach Jon Cooper said. Pretty high praise for the rookie forward. Keep an eye on Kucherov.
Jan 18 - 10:50 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored Tuesday's game-winning goal on a breakaway just nine seconds after Victor Hedman tied the game.

Both goals were scored early in the second period. Kucherov has seven goals in 24 games and three of them have been game winners.
Jan 15 - 8:37 AM

Nikita Kucherov's power-play goal late in the second period held up as the game winner in Wednesday's victory over Vancouver.

His fourth marker of the season came with just 2.6 seconds remaining on the clock. Kucherov has six points in 17 games with the Lightning since coming up from the minors.
Jan 2 - 10:08 AM

Nikita Kucherov chipped in two assists in Monday's win over Florida.

He has five points and a plus-7 rating in 14 games with the Lightning. The 20-year-old forward had gone five games in a row without a point entering Monday's contest. He has a great deal of potential, but it may take him a season or two to live up to it.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 07:09:00 AM

Don't be surprised if Nikita Kucherov gets some ice time on Tampa's first power play unit against the Devils Saturday night.

The impressive rookie practiced with the first unit Friday and has the skill to put up some offensive numbers if given a more prominent role. NHL scouts describe Kucherov's hockey IQ as off the charts. Watch him!
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Nikita Kucherov was the only goal scorer for the Lightning during regulation and overtime in a 2-1 shootout win over Detroit Thursday.

The goal was the third of the campaign for the young sniper, who is turning heads with his play in Central Florida. J.T. Brown picked up the only assist on the goal.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 01:28:00 AM

Nikita Kucherov tallied his second goal on Tuesday night since he was recalled from the minors.

He netted a power-play goal in the Tampa Bay's 6-5 shootout loss to Washington. Kucherov scored in his first career game, but after that he went pointless in five straight matches.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 08:22:00 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal in his first career game during his first career shift and on his first shot Monday night.

His marker held up as the game winner in a 5-0 win over the New York Rangers. "I was just in the right spot at the right time, and Teddy made a good pass to me and (Alex Killorn) was in front, so I just needed to shoot the puck on net," Kucherov said. "I didn't see it go in, I just saw Killer with his hands up. (But I thought) cool, it went in. I was just so happy to score a goal."
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Nikita Kucherov will make his NHL debut Monday night.

He will skate alongside Teddy Purcell and Alex Killorn against the New York Rangers. Kucherov has racked up 13 goals and 24 points in 17 games with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate in Syracuse this season. He is a highly skilled forward who should be monitored closely.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 12:30:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled Nikita Kucherov from the AHL, likely in part because of injuries to forwards such as Ryan Malone.

Kucherov has 24 points in 17 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch, so he could be interesting to watch, at least if the Bolts give him a legitimate chance to succeed. It might only be a cup of coffee, though.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 06:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Alex Killorn
4Brenden Morrow
5Brett Connolly
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Richard Panik
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Eric Brewer
7Mark Barberio
8Andrej Sustr
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov