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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Brenden Morrow
4Alex Killorn
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Brett Connolly
5Michael Blunden
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Eric Brewer
7Mark Barberio
8Andrej Sustr
9Luke Witkowski
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov