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Nikita Kucherov | Winger | #86

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/17/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 178
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (58) / TB
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Nikita Kucherov's agent, Dan Milstein, doesn't expect contract talks to begin with the Tampa Bay Lightning until the start of next season.
Kucherov, who can become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, can sign an extension as early as July 1. However, talks haven't begun yet and there isn't believed to be a need for a rush to get something done right away. Kucherov does have arbitration rights, but there doesn't appear to be any reason to panic if you are a Lightning fan. "He wants to stay in Tampa - he doesn't want to go anywhere," Milstein said. "Worst case, it's arbitration, they're not going to lose him. Both sides want him to be in Tampa." May 27 - 10:55 AM

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Nikita Kucherov will be eligible to sign a contract extension starting July 1st.

The Lightning forward is entering the final year of his contract, so that's why he can officially sign a deal with the team. The 24-year-old settled for a three-year bridge contract last time, but that certainly won't be the case this time around, as he's put together some impressive numbers. Expect him to get a huge raise from the $4.766,667 per year he's been making over the last couple of seasons. He had 39 goals and 100 points in 80 games for the Lightning in 2017-18. Kucherov will likely become one of the highest paid players in the league whenever he signs his new extension.
May 26 - 9:16 AM

Nikita Kucherov contributed one assist in Saturday's Game 5 victory over Washington.

Kucherov had the lone helper on Ondrej Palat's sixth goal of the postseason. Kucherov has been held off the scoresheet just one time in his last seven outings. He has two goals and five assists during that span.
May 20 - 10:21 AM

Nikita Kucherov picked up a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Kucherov's power-play tally gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead early in the second frame. He also registered the primary assist on Victor Hedman's tally to make it 3-0. Kucherov finished the game with an even rating and a team-high six shots on goal in 16:20 of ice time. He's now picked up six points during his five-game point streak. Kucherov has seven goals and 16 points in 13 games this postseason. The Lightning trail the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 will be played in Washington on Thursday night.
May 15 - 11:47 PM

Nikita Kucherov stretched his point streak to four straight games on Sunday night.

Kucherov picked up an assist in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final on a power-play goal by Steven Stamkos to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead. However, the Washington Capitals scored the next five goals of the contest to win the game 6-2 and take a 2-0 series lead. Kucherov has one goal and three helpers during his point streak.
May 14 - 9:49 AM

Nikita Kucherov registered an assist in Friday's 4-2 loss to Washington in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Kucherov appeared to tie the game at one when he scored on a breakaway with under 10 seconds left in the first period, but the goal was called back because the Lightning had too many men on the ice. Instead, the Capitals went on the power play and scored two seconds into their man-advantage to grab a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Kucherov eventually ended up picking up the primary assist on Steven Stamkos' power-play goal in the third frame. He has six goals and 13 points in 11 games this postseason. Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday night in Tampa.
May 12 - 10:08 AM

Nikita Kucherov notched one goal and one assist in the final two games of Tampa Bay's second-round series.

Kucherov didn't have a point in the first three games against Boston after he registered at least one point in five straight contests versus New Jersey during the opening round of the postseason. He wasn't much of a factor despite Tampa Bay's dominant series win over the Bruins. Kucherov will look to get back on track during the Eastern Conference Final.
May 7 - 11:20 AM

Nikita Kucherov found the back of the net in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins.

Kucherov failed to pick up a point in the first three games of the series, but he finally got himself on the board in the first period of Game 4. He now has six goals and five assists in nine games during the postseason. The Lightning lead this best-of-seven series 3-1, which means that they can punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Final with a win in Game 5.
May 5 - 8:39 AM

Nikita Kucherov has been held off the scoresheet in Tampa Bay's first two games against Boston in Round 2 of the playoffs.

Kucherov has been credited with two shots on goal in each contest. He had five goals and five assists in the first round against New Jersey. Tampa Bay needs their top line to get going when the series shifts to Boston on Wednesday night in Game 3.
May 2 - 9:07 AM

Nikita Kucherov netted the game-winning goal in Game 5 to send Tampa Bay into the second round and eliminate the New Jersey Devils.

Kucherov provided an important insurance goal at the 12:27 mark of the third period and it ended up being the game winner after New Jersey got a goal from Patrick Maroon with three minutes remaining. Kucherov scored five goals in the series and he generated nine points in five contests. Tampa Bay will host Boston or Toronto in the second round.
Apr 21 - 6:10 PM

Nikita Kucherov will be available to play in Game 5 on Saturday.

Kucherov won't be suspended for his hard hit on New Jersey's Sami Vatanen Wednesday night. The main point of contact did not appear to be the head even though some contact in that area was made through the body. Kucherov has four goals and five assists over a four-game point streak in the playoffs.
Apr 20 - 9:44 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored two goals and picked up an assist in Wednesday's 3-1 Game 4 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Kucherov first got on the scoresheet with a primary assist on J.T. Miller's first of the post-season. The Russian forward then scored the game-winner less than four minutes later with a quick shot from the slot before adding another goal into an empty net. Despite the big night offensively, all anybody will be talking about is high hit he committed on New Jersey's Sami Vatanen that went unpunished and forced the Finnish defenseman out of the game. It could something for the league to review before Game 5 on Saturday.
Apr 18 - 10:23 PM

Nikita Kucherov picked up two assists in Monday's 5-2 loss to New Jersey in Game 3.

Kucherov had the primary helper on power-play goals by Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos in the contest. He has reached the scoresheet in each of Tampa Bay's three playoff matches against the Devils. Kucherov has compiled two goals and four helpers in the series so far.
Apr 17 - 11:13 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and picked up two assists in a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series.

Kucherov threw the puck on net and New Jersey's Sami Vatanen intercepted it but put it into his own net for the own goal. Kucherov also picked up a couple of assists on two power play goals by Alex Killorn. The Russian forward has two goals and four points through the first two games of the post-season and 46 points in 47 career playoff games. The series heads over to New Jersey with the Lightning holding a 2-0 lead.
Apr 14 - 6:13 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal in Thursday's Game 1 victory versus New Jersey.

Kucherov scored Tampa Bay's fifth into an empty net to seal a 5-2 win. He is up to 23 goals and 43 points in 46 career postseason appearances.
Apr 13 - 10:07 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Cedric Paquette
5Anthony Cirelli
6Gabriel Dumont
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Yanni Gourde
3Alex Killorn
4Andy Andreoff
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2J.T. Miller
3Ryan Callahan
4Cory Conacher
5Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Ryan McDonagh
3Mikhail Sergachev
4Anton Stralman
5Dan Girardi
6Braydon Coburn
7Jake Dotchin
8Slater Koekkoek
9Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Louis Domingue