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Lightning sign Kucherov to entry-level deal

Monday, 09.10.2012 / 7:06 PM / News

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed right wing Nikita Kucherov to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.

Kucherov (5-foot-11, 174 pounds), is currently playing with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after he was taken in the 2012 CHL Import Draft. He has yet to appear in a game with the Remparts due to offseason shoulder surgery that also kept him off the ice for the Lightning's 2012 Development Camp.

A native of Moscow, Russia, Kucherov played in 18 games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL last season, tallying a goal and five points. He also played in 23 games with CSKA's junior team (MHL), recording 24 goals and 43 points.

Kucherov also represented Russia at the 2012 World Junior Championships, notching two goals and seven points. He ranked fourth on the team for points and assists (five). Kucherov was named the best forward at the 2011 U-18 World Championships after leading the tournament with 11 goals and 21 points in seven games.

He was selected by Tampa Bay in the second round (No. 58) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round