Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nikita Kucherov
Nikita Kucherov was born on June 17, 1993 in Maykop, Russia. The product of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL was drafted in the second round, 58th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

After Kucherovís two years in the QMJHL, he would join the Lightning where he would be assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, to start the 2013-14 season. On November 25, 2013, Kucherov would make his NHL debut in a 5-0 win over the New York Rangers. In the game Kucherov would score his first career NHL goal on his first shot. He would play 52 games with the Lightning in his rookie season scoring 9 goals and 18 points.

During the 2014-15 season, Kucherov would play in all 82 games for the Lightning scoring 29 goals and 65 points. His play in the playoffs would be integral for the Lightning as he would help lead them all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, scoring 10 goals and 22 points in 26 games.

In 2015-16, Kucherov would reach the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career. He would also match a career-high with 36 assists for a team best 66 points.

On the international stage, Kucherov has represented his native Russia three times which are highlighted by a silver medal performance at the 2012 World Junior Championship and a bronze medal performance at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2009-10 CSKA-Krasnaya Armiya Moscow Jr. Russia-Jr. 53 29 25 54 40 5 0 2 2 2
2010-11 Krasnaya Armiya Moscow Jr. Russia-Jr. 41 27 31 58 81 10 5 8 13 16
2010-11 CSKA Moscow KHL 8 0 2 2 0
2010-11 Russia WJ18-A 7 11 10 21 6 +10
2011-12 Krasnaya Armiya Moscow Jr. Russia-Jr. 23 24 19 43 40 7 3 1 4 0
2011-12 CSKA Moscow KHL 18 1 4 5 4
2011-12 Russia WJC-A 7 2 5 7 2 +4
2012-13 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 6 3 7 10 2 -1
2012-13 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 27 26 27 53 12 +18 14 9 15 24 10
2012-13 Russia WJC-A 7 5 3 8 4 +4
2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 52 9 9 18 14 +3 2 1 0 1 0
2013-14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 17 13 11 24 10 +1
2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 29 36 65 37 +38 26 10 12 22 14
2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 77 30 36 66 30 +9 17 11 8 19 8
2016-17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 74 40 45 85 38 +13
2016-17 Russia WC-A 10 7 8 15 8 +7
NHL Totals 285 108 126 234 119 45 22 20 42 22


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