Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nikita Nesterov
Nikita Nesterov was born on March 28, 1993 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The product of Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL was drafted in the fifth round, 148th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nesterov played two seasons in the KHL before making the jump to North America to play in the Lightning organization. Upon arrive, the Lightning assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch for the 2013-14 season.

During the 2014-15 season, Nesterov started with the Crunch, however he was recalled by the Lightning within three months of the start of the regular season. On December 31, 2014, Nesterov made his NHL debut in a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. In 27 games in the regular season, Nesterov scored two goals and seven points for the Lightning. He also contributed to the Lightning’s run to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final where he appeared in 17 games scoring one goal and six points.

On January 26, 2017, Nesterov's time in Tampa Bay would come to an end. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Jonathan Rice and a sixth round draft pick.

On the international stage, Nesterov represented his native Russia numerous times. This includes a Silver Medal performance at the 2012 World Junior Championship and a Bronze Medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2009-10 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk Jr. Russia-Jr. 9 5 2 7 8 4 0 0 0 6
2009-10 Russia WJ18-A 7 2 0 2 29 +3
2010-11 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk Jr. Russia-Jr. 46 5 14 19 72 5 0 0 0 6
2010-11 Russia WJ18-A 7 2 2 4 29 +11
2011-12 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk Jr. Russia-Jr. 41 11 20 31 66 4 0 5 5 6
2011-12 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 10 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 0 0
2011-12 Russia WJC-A 7 2 3 5 6 +7
2012-13 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk Jr. Russia-Jr. 2 0 1 1 2 4 2 1 3 0
2012-13 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 35 0 0 0 14 19 0 4 4 6
2012-13 Russia WJC-A 7 0 4 4 2 +1
2013-14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 54 4 12 16 39 -2
2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 27 2 5 7 16 +6 17 1 5 6 8
2014-15 Syracuse Crunch AHL 32 3 11 14 26 +4
2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 57 3 6 9 41 -6 9 0 1 1 9
2015-16 Syracuse Crunch AHL 10 1 3 4 4 +1
2016-17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 35 3 9 12 20 -3
2016-17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 1 4 5 4 +3 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 132 9 24 33 81 28 1 6 7 17


Traded to Montreal by Tampa Bay for Jonathan Racine and Montreal's 6th round pick (Cole Guttman) in 2017 NHL Draft, January 26, 2017.
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