The Journey: Nikita Kucherov and Brett Connolly

Randall Buschmann




What does the future hold for these two Lightning prospects?




Welcome to the newest addition of “The Journey”, a weekly column highlighting up and coming prospects in the NHL. This is my first column with Dobber Hockey and I’m excited for the opportunity! Hopefully you enjoy the ride. Feel free to leave comments below. With NHL training camps underway, we’re going to kick this thing off by exploring the journey of two highly talented young prospects competing for ice time for Tampa Bay, both of which should be on your fantasy radar.





Nikita Kucherov – RW, Tampa Bay Lightning

Dobber Hockey Top 215 Prospects Rank: 5th of 215


If Nikita Kucherov was Canadian, he would’ve gone in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The benefit of hindsight allows us to look back and scratch our heads in disbelief as to why certain players were picked ahead Kucherov. Obviously, we'll never know for sure. However, nobody that summer could deny the fact Kucherov was a first round caliber talent. Ultimat