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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's better understanding of the English language has contributed to his successful 2014-15 campaign.
"Now that Kucherov knows the language, he's completely different," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's effective on the ice, off the ice. He's a much more confident kid because he knows the language. It does have a big part of how the kids act." He's still relatively quiet, but he is communicating better with his coaches and teammates. Kucherov has been superb on a line with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat this campaign. He has already surpassed his offensive totals from his rookie season by recording 12 goals and 29 points just 33 games into the 2014-15 campaign. Dec 19 - 9:48 AM

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Forward Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh Monday night.

Kucherov scored his 12th goal of the season. He assisted on Jonathan Drouin's second goal of the season. Kucherov now has 16 assists and is putting together a very productive season.
Dec 15 - 9:58 PM

Nikita Kucherov sprung the Bolts past Carolina with two third period goals on Thursday night, including the game winner with just 31 seconds remaining.

Kucherov now has 11 goals and 25 points in 30 games this season. It adds to a remarkable start for the sophomore, who had just 18 points in 52 games last season. Justin Faulk scored for Carolina while Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves on 30 shots in the 2-1 victory.
Dec 11 - 11:47 PM

Nikita Kucherov earned an assist in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to Buffalo.

He has generated two goals and two assists during his current four-game point streak. Kucherov has already surpassed his point total from his rookie season. He has nine goals, 22 points and a plus-14 rating in 26 games.
Dec 3 - 8:49 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winning goal against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

He has recorded four goals, including three game winners, in five career games versus the Blueshirts. Kucherov also got his his first NHL marker against the Rangers. The 21-year-old forward has already surpassed his point total from a year ago. Kucherov has racked up eight goals and 19 points in 23 games to go with a plus-10 rating and 53 shots.
Nov 28 - 9:53 AM

Nikita Kucherov stayed hot Saturday night with two more points in the Lightning’s 4-3 win against the Capitals.

Kucherov scored an asissted, to give him nine of his 11 points in his last five games. The 21-year-old Russian is already four goals and seven points shy of his rookie total accumulated in 52 games. Ondrej Palat, Ryan Callahan and Jason Garrison (game-winner) picked up the other markers. Tyler Johnson had two assists.

Nikita Kucherov posted his first career NHL hat trick Tuesday as the Lightning upended Arizona by a score of 7-3.

Fresh off a three-point effort against the Jets on Friday, Kucherov took it a step further in this outing and is officially red-hot. Brian Boyle also buried a pair of goals in the win while Valtterri Filppula and Matt Carle scored once apiece.
Oct 29 - 2:34 AM

Nikita Kucherov set a career high for points in a game with his three helpers on Friday night in Winnipeg.

All three were beauties as Tampa Bay took the game over in the second period. Kucherov now has five points (all assists) through eight games this season. He skated 15:43 including 2:18 on the powerplay. The Bolts would go on to win 4-2.
Oct 25 - 12:28 AM

Nikita Kucherov was injured in the first period of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary, but he was able to return in the third.

He was nailed by Flames defenseman Mark Giordano on an open-ice hit and didn't return for the second period, so it was a bit surprising to see him back at the start of the final frame. Kucherov finished the match with 8:39 of ice time.
Oct 22 - 9:16 AM

Nikita Kucherov might have been a bubble player entering training camp, but he has probably earned himself a roster spot after leading the preseason with six goals.

Vladislav Namestnikov, Cedric Paquette and Jonathan Marchessault have enjoyed strong camps as well and are pushing hard for spots on the Lightning. Kucherov notched nine goals and nine assists in 52 games with Tampa Bay last season.
Oct 6 - 2:21 PM

Nikita Kucherov has had a solid camp for the Tampa Bay Lightning this year. Head coach Jon Cooper thinks Kucherov is much more comfortable than he was last year.

Kucherov has scored five goals in five preseason games so far this year, and has also skated on Tampa Bay’s top line with Steven Stamkos. The Lightning called up Kucherov in November last season, and although he started off strong, he failed to show consistency as the season progressed. "You can debate whether we called him up too early last year, but I think that has served him well coming into this year," said coach Jon Cooper. "He’s from Russia, didn’t know the language very well and I think he was a little intimidated…Now he’s speaking to me in English. So you can tell he’s much more comfortable and he’s progressing. Kucherov could be an intriguing fantasy sleeper if he continues to play on Stamkos’ line throughout the regular season.
Oct 4 - 9:08 AM

Nikita Kucherov netted two goals in Tampa Bay's 3-0 preseason victory over their cross-state rivals the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Vladislav Namestnikov had a pair of helpers while Ondrej Palat notched the winning goal for the Bolts. Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves for the shutout, out-dueling Roberto Luongo's 30 save performance. Kucherov is coming off an 18 point rookie season last year in Tampa Bay.
Oct 2 - 10:17 PM

Nikita Kucherov has made a very good impression on the Tampa coaching staff in three exhibition games thus far.

He is the only Lightning player to play in all of the team's three preseason contests and has looked good doing it. In Friday's 6-3 win over Dallas, Kucherov played on the top lone alongside Steve Stamkos and Ryan Callahan and skated on the Bolts' top power-play unit, scoring a goal. Tampa coach Jon Cooper wants to get a good look at Kucherov while Jonathan Drouin recovers from injury to see where the 21-year-old fits in. Thus far assistant coach George Gwozdecky has been impressed. "I think he's made another step in his progress from last year to now,’" Gwozdecky said. "Certainly there is a little bit more of an awareness of how he needs to play to be effective, not only offensively, but defensively. He's a very explosive player and one of these guys that finds seams and finds holes. He’s a very crafty player." Keep any eye on Kucherov over the next two weeks.
Sep 27 - 11:13 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

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