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86 Nikita Kucherov RW
Height/Weight: 5-11/178 | Birthdate: 6/17/1993 | Birthplace: Moscow, Russia | Team: Tampa Bay Lightning | College: None | NHL Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 97/76 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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6/15/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB

Nikita Kucherov

Lightning's Kucherov (Upper Body) Available Monday

News: Nikita Kucherov (upper body) is on the ice for pregame warmups and is expected to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blackhawks on Monday, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Nikita Kucherov came into Monday listed as probable so his official availability for Game 6 is not all that surprising given that he also participated in Monday's morning skate. Despite suffering an injury near his head and neck region and prematurely exiting Game 5, Kucherov is ultimately in line for his normal workload in Game 6.

6/15/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Probable For Game 6

News: Coach Jon Cooper told reporters that Nikita Kucherov is probable for Monday's Game 6 against the Blackhawks, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Nikita Kucherov took part in Tampa Bay's optional morning skate on Monday and didn't appear to be limited in any way when on the ice. It's almost certain he'll suit up for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Hawks, but his availability won't be confirmed until both teams take the ice for pregame warmups.

6/15/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Will Travel To Chicago

News: Nikita Kucherov (upper body) will travel with the team to Chicago ahead of Monday's Game 6 against the Blackhawks, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Nikita Kucherov suffered the injury during Saturday's Game 5, and his status for a potential series-clinching game is still in question. While we can't take too much from this news, it does tell us that whatever injury Kucherov suffered isn't serious enough to definitively rule him out for the remainder of the series. Expect him to be a game-time call Monday for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup.

6/14/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov: "Considerably Better Shape"

News: Nikita Kucherov (upper body) was "... in considerable better shape today [Sunday] than he was last night," said head coach Jon Cooper at Sunday's media briefing. "These two days will give him the rest he needs."
Analysis: An earlier report said he was travelling with the team to Chicago for Game 6 and would be a game-time decision. But Jon Cooper tends to choose his words carefully and that could mean Nikita Kucherov will be back in that lineup Monday night, even if he doesn't participate in Monday's optional skate.

6/13/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Does Not Return To Game 5

News: Nikita Kucherov left and did not return to Saturday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks after crashing into the goal, hitting his neck on the post.
Analysis: Nikita Kucherov was expected to return to the game, but never made it back onto the bench. Lightning Coach Jon Cooper did not provide an update on Kucherov's status.

6/6/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov: Now Second In Postseason Scoring

News: Nikita Kucherov picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 win in Game 2 of the Cup Final. He now sits second in postseason scoring with 10 goals and 11 assists.
Analysis: He's just a point behind teammate Tyler Johnson for the league lead and he's tied for second overall in goals. He and the other Triplets had struggled of late, but Game 2s always seem to bering out the best in them. He has been a revelation this season and postseason, and could be a top-10 NHL point producer very soon.

6/5/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Kucherov, Rest of Bolts' Triplets, In Slump

Nikita Kucherov

Kucherov, Rest of Bolts' Triplets, In Slump

News: Nikita Kucherov and the rest of the Triplets Line -- Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat -- are in a bit of a slump. They have three goals and eight points in their last five games and half of those points came in garbage time in a 7-3 Game 6 blowout to the Rangers.
Analysis: They're all still near the top of NHL scoring, but the wear and tear of the postseason must be getting to them. The extra day off between Game 1 and Game 2 of the Cup Finals should help. The Triplets have led the charge in Game 2 bounce backs in each of their previous three series, so the odds are pretty good we'll see some offensive fireworks on Saturday.

5/26/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Bolts' Kucherov Scores Twice In Game 6 Loss

Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Scores Twice In Game 6 Loss

News: Nikita Kucherov potted a pair of garbage-time goals in Tuesday's Game 6 loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: His eighth and ninth goals of the playoffs came with the Lightning trailing 5-1 and then 6-2, so they were mainly good for padding his playoff stat line. It's a fine line indeed, as he's sitting on an outstanding 19 points in 19 contests -- good for a tie with Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf for second in postseason scoring behind Nikita Kucherov's linemate Tyler Johnson.

5/20/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Bolts' Kucherov Nets Winner, Second In NHL Scoring

Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Nets Winner, Second In NHL Scoring

News: Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winning goal 3:33 into overtime Wednesday night to lift the Lightning to a 6-5 victory over the Rangers. He also picked up an assist.
Analysis: He now has 16 points, including seven goals, in 16 games played and sits tied with Corey Perry for second in postseason scoring.

5/18/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Bolts' Kucherov Dishes Out Trio Of Assists

Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Dishes Out Trio Of Assists

News: Nikita Kucherov tallied three assists -- two on the power play -- in Monday's Game 2 win over the Rangers.
Analysis: Nikita Kucherov has had a great postseason as the three point night was his second in the last three games and his third overall in the playoffs. He tallied six goals in the Montreal series, and while he hasn't found the back of the net thus far this round, the 21-year-old is behind only his teammate Tyler Johnson and Corey Perry with his 14 points.

5/12/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Kucherov's Three Points Help Bolts Finish Off Habs

Nikita Kucherov

Kucherov's Three Points Help Bolts Finish Off Habs

News: Nikita Kucherov scored two goals -- one an empty-netter -- and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's series-clinching win over Montreal.
Analysis: Ever since busting out with three assists in Game 6 of the first round against Detroit, Nikita Kucherov has been on a rampage, racking up six goals and 10 points over his last eight games. Look for the breakout sophomore to make an offensive impact in the Eastern Conference Final, too -- regardless of Tampa's opponent.

5/3/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Bolts' Kucherov: Two Power-Play Goals Incl. Winner

Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov: Two Power-Play Goals Incl. Winner

News: Nikita Kucherov scored two power-play goals, including the game winner, in Sunday's 6-2 win over Montreal. He now has three goals in his last two games and six points (three goals, three assists) in his last four postseason games.
Analysis: He was wide open in front of the crease when he ripped home the first goal and he redirected a shot into the top corner for the second. The Bolts now return to Florida with a 2-0 series lead.

5/2/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Scores In Double Overtime Friday

News: Nikita Kucherov scored in double overtime Friday to win Game 1 for the Lightning over Montreal.
Analysis: It was good karma for Nikita Kucherov, who had his goal scored in the first overtime period waved off. The 21-year-old starts the second round off with a bang and now has seven points in eight playoff games. Skating on the second line with Tyler Johnson and sporting a solid plus-7 rating, expect Kucherov to continue being a factor for the Lightning in Round 2.

4/27/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Grabs Three Points

News: Nikita Kucherov dished out three assists and finished with a plus-3 rating in Monday's Game 6 win over the Red Wings.
Analysis: Nikita Kucherov had recorded just one point through the series' first five games, but broke out in a big way Monday. With that mini-drought out of the way, the 21-year-old should continue to be a prime source of offensive production for the Bolts in Game 7 and beyond, should they advance.

4/9/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Bolts' Kucherov Gets Trio Of Helpers

Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Gets Trio Of Helpers

News: Nikita Kucherov picked up three assists in Thursday's overtime win over the Devils.
Analysis: It was his first multi-point game since Feb. 22, but he does have five points (one goal, four assists) in his last five games. His line with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat were on fire Thursday night, and that's great news for the Bolts as they head into the playoffs.

3/30/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Gets Goal, Hits 60-Point Mark

News: Nikita Kucherov hit the 60-point plateau Monday when he scored his 28th goal of the season in a win over Montreal.
Analysis: Dang -- we underestimated this guy on draft day. But honestly, how many sophomores explode like this? He's among the league leaders in plus-minus (plus-36) and his 60 points put him in a class with Anze Kopitar and Jordan Eberle this season. Use him well.

3/22/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Kucherov Gets Assist In Bolts' Win

News: Nikita Kucherov snagged a power-play assist in Sunday's win over the Bruins.
Analysis: His pace has slowed a bit of late -- he has just five points (three goals, two assists) in his last 10 games. But he's still contributing and his 58 points in 73 games are good enough for third on the Bolts.

3/14/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Gets Goal, Doubles PIM Total

News: Nikita Kucherov scored the Lightning's only goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Jets. It was 26th goal of the season.
Analysis: The goal came before he was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Toby Enstrom near the mid-point of the third. He's not a bully by any means -- he had just 16 PIM before Saturday's game. He's one of the league's best two-way players (plus-35) and he's on pace to come close to a 30-goal, 65-point season. Use with confidence.

3/5/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov: Among League's Stars?

News: Nikita Kucherov potted his 24th goal of the season in Thursday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: He just keeps putting up points -- seven in his last 10 -- and now has 55 on the season. That point total puts him in the same class as guys like Logan Couture, Joe Thornton and Daniel Sedin. That's heady company for this sniping sophomore.

3/1/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Tampa's Kucherov Continues Strong Season

Nikita Kucherov

Tampa's Kucherov Continues Strong Season

News: Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist in Sunday's loss to Florida. He has eight points, including four goals, in his last 10 games.
Analysis: Nikita Kucherov's outstanding season simply keeps chugging along. He has 54 points in 64 games, a pace that could net him 70 points this season. Keep him in your lineup.

2/22/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Tampa's Kucherov: Two Points Make 10 In 10 Games

Nikita Kucherov

Tampa's Kucherov: Two Points Make 10 In 10 Games

News: Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's loss to the Avalanche.
Analysis: His breakout just keeps chugging along. He has 10 points, including six goals, in his last 10 games and now has 53 points in 61 games this season. That's just two points behind Steven Stamkos on the team's scoring leader list. He's a fantastic play and an outstanding keeper.

2/10/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Bolts' Kucherov: Four-Game Goal Streak

Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov: Four-Game Goal Streak

News: Nikita Kucherov's goal streak stands at four games and four goals after he potted a marker against the Predators on Tuesday night.
Analysis: He also has one assist in those four games and a remarkable 21 goals and 48 points in 56 games this season. We expected an uptick in performance this season, but he never imagined this kind of explosion in just his second season. Use him well.

2/5/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Tampa's Kucherov Back In Saddle With Goal

News: Nikita Kucherov tallied a goal and an assist in Thursday's win over Dallas.
Analysis: The goal was an empty-netter, but we don't care -- it was his first goal in 14 games, so it's nice for him to get back on track. Nikita Kucherov has 45 points, including 18 goals, in what's been an outstanding sophomore campaign.

1/15/2015

Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB Bolts' Kucherov Keeps Putting Up Points

Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Keeps Putting Up Points

News: Nikita Kucherov tallied an assist in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Oilers.
Analysis: He was back with his reliable linemates, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson after the latter had missed one game due to injury. The trio seem unstoppable this season and Nikita Kucherov is developing into a high-end winger sooner than any of us really believed. He's fantasy gold right now, what with 43 points in 46 games. Roll him with confidence.

1/13/2015

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Nikita Kucherov

Bolts' Kucherov Keeps Putting Up Points

News: Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins. He was skating on a line with Ondrej Palat and Steven Stamkos.
Analysis: His usual mate, Tyler Johson, sat out with an injury, but it's clear that Nikita Kucherov can gel with other creative centers. He now has 42 points, including 25 helpers, in 45 games and his plus-27 leads the Bolts. He's talented and responsible. #NHLKeeper.