Nikita Gusev

by Dobber on May 31, 2016

Nikita Gusev, LW

Shoots: R

Height: 5-9

Weight: 163

Born: 1992-07-08

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Drafted: 7th round 2012 (202nd overall)

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

May 2016 – After having another successful season in the KHL, Nikita Gusev has the option of joining noted friend Nikita Kucherov in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Gusev showcased his playmaking abilities and his smarts throughout SKA St. Petersburgh’s season. He was a threat in the playoffs before elimination, but managed to rack up 14 points in 15 games. If Gusev does make the move to North America, he could make the Lightning even better on the powerplay with his perimeter passing and quarterback-like skills; however, it does not seem likely that Gusev will be leaving the KHL soon.

 

Febuary 2015 – Gusev is an offensive-minded forward that prefers to play the perimeter of the ice to take advantage of his high skill set and playmaking ability with impressive vision. He displays great speed (yet lacks that top-end gear) and shows exceptional hands. With those gifts, he reminds scouts of former Finnish phenom and current NHL center Mikael Granlund. Like Granlund, his size could make a transition difficult. Gusev simply cannot work inside and use his body, which could pose problems in the North American game. Further, he lacks tenacity in his defensive zone, which may limit his minutes. Still, the offensive skill is there. In January, his KHL Skills Competition goal went viral almost immediately and was better than anything witnessed in the NHL All-Star competition. He also has shown progression in KHL. Only eight goals and six assists last year, but he turned it into 18 goals and 12 assists this year. He is ready for further development in the AHL, yet some say he may not be interested in leaving Russia. It’s exciting to think what Gusev could do in the NHL, especially if paired with his former Russia junior’s linemate Nikita Kucherov.

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Now that he's broken out offensively as a pro, Gusev is considering crossing the pond. If he does, he makes a very intriguing fantasy prospect.

 

Footage:

Gusev’s KHL Skills Competition goal:

 

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