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2015 NHL Draft
Nikita Kucherov

Nikita Kucherov  #86

Tampa Bay Lightning  Right Wing
NUMBER: 86 BIRTHDATE: June 17, 1993  (AGE 22)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia
WEIGHT: 184 DRAFTED: TBL / 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (58th overall)    Prospect Bio
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Left Game 5 vs. Chicago with an undisclosed injury - Recorded a goal, an assist and a +2 rating in Game 2 vs. Chicago - Ranks second in the NHL for points (22) and tied for second for goals (10) - Scored his second overtime winning goal of the postseason in Game 3 vs. New York - Posted his second three-assist game of the postseason in Game 2 at New York First Round - 7 GP, 0G, 4A, 4 PTS, +5, 0 PIM Second Round - 6 GP, 6G, 1A, 7 PTS, +0, 0 PIM ECF - 7 GP, 3G, 5A, 8 PTS, +2, 12 PIM Stanley Cup - 5 GP, 1G, 2A, 3 PTS, +1, 2 PIM 2014-15 Regular Season - Set a new Lightning franchise record, and ranked tied for first in the NHL, with a +38 rating - Set career highs for games played (82), goals (29), assists (36) and points (64) - Recorded a four-game goal streak from Feb. 3-10, tying a career-long CAREER PLAYOFF HIGHS: Goals: 2 (3x, Last: 5/26/15 vs. NYR) Assists: 3 (2x, Last: 5/18/15 at NYR) Points: 3 (3x, Last: 5/18/15 at NYR) TOI: 25:57 (5/1/15 at MTL)
Quote of the Day

I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season