Valeri Nichushkin

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Valeri Nichushkin
Valeri Nichushkin - Dallas Stars.jpg
Nichuskin in December 2013
Born (1995-03-04) March 4, 1995 (age 22)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
CSKA Moscow
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Dallas Stars
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 10th overall, 2013
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2012–present

Valeri Ivanovich Nichushkin (Russian: Валерий Иванович Ничушкин; born March 4, 1995) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for HC CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). His National Hockey League (NHL) rights are held by the Dallas Stars. He was selected by the Stars in the first round, 10th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Nichushkin in January 2014

After one season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Nichushkin transferred from Traktor Chelyabinsk to Dynamo Moscow on May 1, 2013. He then signed a two-year contract with Dynamo. However, the deal was terminated conditionally, allowing Nichushkin to play in the NHL, or be returned to Dynamo if he failed to make the NHL team.

Nichushkin played his first regular season NHL game on October 3, 2013, against the Florida Panthers.[1] He scored his first career NHL goal on November 3, 2013, against Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators.[2]

After having a solid rookie season (14 goals and 20 assists), Nichushkin suffered from hip and groin soreness in the beginning of his sophomore campaign, 2014–15. Five games into the season, Nichushkin opted for hip surgery, which was performed on November 18, 2014.[3] He rehabbed in New Jersey and re-joined the team in March 2015, practicing in a red no-contact jersey.

As a restricted free agent following the conclusion of his entry-level deal in the 2015–16 season, Nichushkin and the Stars failed to agree to common grounds in contract negotiations. Unhappy with his current role within the Stars line-up, his KHL rights were traded from Dynamo Moscow to CSKA Moscow on September 20, 2016. He subsequently signed a two-year contract to return to the KHL with CSKA, with his NHL rights to be kept by the Stars.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 38 4 6 10 6
2012–13 Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 9 4 4 8 0
2012–13 Chelmet Chelyabinsk VHL 15 8 2 10 4
2012–13 Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL 18 4 2 6 0 25 6 3 9 0
2013–14 Dallas Stars NHL 79 14 20 34 8 6 1 1 2 2
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 8 0 1 1 2
2014–15 Texas Stars AHL 5 0 4 4 12
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 79 9 20 29 12 10 0 1 1 2
2016–17 CSKA Moscow KHL 36 11 13 24 9 9 1 4 5 4
KHL totals 54 15 15 30 9 34 7 7 14 4
NHL totals 166 23 41 64 22 16 1 2 3 4
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Russia
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Russia

International[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Russia WJC18 5th 6 2 0 2 0
2013 Russia WJC18 4th 6 4 3 7 0
2013 Russia WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 1 1 2 25
2014 Russia OG 5th 5 1 0 1 0
2017 Russia WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 3 3 0
Junior totals 18 7 4 11 25
Senior totals 11 1 3 4 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cristodero, Damian (May 31, 2013). "Russian draft prospect Valeri Nichushkin 'serious' about playing in the NHL, his agent says". Tampa Bay Times. 
  2. ^ Blinn, Michael (November 3, 2013). "Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin scores his first NHL goal". SI.com. 
  3. ^ Heika, Mike (Dec 13, 2014). "Valeri Nichushkin back from hip surgery, should be helped by team environment". Dallas Morning News. 
  4. ^ "Валерий Ничушкин пополнит состав ЦСКА" [Valeri Nichushkin joins the composition of CSKA] (in Russian). HC CSKA Moscow. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Radek Faksa
Dallas Stars first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Jason Dickinson