Nikita Popugaev

by grantfrey on November 14, 2017

 

Nikita Popugaev, LW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-6

Weight: 202

Born: 1998-11-20

Hometown:  Moscow, RUS

Drafted: 4th round 2017 98th overall NJ

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

November 2017 - After a disappointing start to the season with the Prince George Cougars, Popugaev has decided to head home to Russia. The towering winger signed a three-way contract so he is eligible to play in the KHL, VHL, or the MHL. Devils fans should not be worried as Popugaev’s game may develop better in Russia and he is expected to be a long-term prospect.  Grant Frey 

May 2017 – It was a tale of two seasons for big Popugaev. He started the season playing in the WHL for Moose Jaw and was playing his way into first-round consideration with 22 goals and 51 points in 40 games. Then he was traded to Prince George, a contending team with better depth, and his production dropped to seven goals and 18 points in his final 31 games.

Popugaev is a big forward that doesn’t assert himself physically or aggressively well or often enough for many. His compete level has also been highly questioned. However, as he showed in Moose Jaw he is a highly talented player with a very good shot and soft hands. For a big man, he is a good skater and won the fastest skater competition in the MHL before coming to Canada.

Many a big talented prospect have had these concerns and perhaps he just needs the right situation to excel. If he ends up being drafted by the right team and ends up in the right situation he could be a solid NHL and fantasy player. Peter Harling

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Speedy middle-six winger with size

 

Footage:

The Draft Analyst: Nikita Popugaev highlights – 2017 NHL Draft

 

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