Forensics: Nikita Kucherov

Cam Robinson

2015-10-30

Have teams figured out Kucherov and his Triplet mates or is this just a slow-start?

Today we’re looking at a player who had fantasy chat rooms divided this off season. Nikita Kucherov produced at fantastic pace during the 2014-2015 season, racking up 65 points in 80 games to go along with a league leading plus-38 rating. All this came during the dreaded sophomore campaign and on the heels of an 18-point effort through 52 games as a rookie. Was this player about to enter into the elite category of scorers or was this a case of teams focusing on Steven Stamkos and allowing secondary lines and defenders to try and stop the Kucherov line? Many had exceptionally high expectations for Kucherov, but so far in this young season, he has yet to reward his owners.

Even the most casual of fantasy hockey players knows about the Triplets line – Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Kucherov came together early last season and the chemistry was palpable. If you were lucky enough to have snaked one in your draft, you were reaping the rewards all season as the three accumulated 200 points in 232 games and a whopping plus-102!

2014-2015 Even-Strength Line Combinations

65.53%

EV

JOHNSON,TYLER – KUCHEROV,NIKITA – PALAT,ONDREJ

3.75%

EV

BROWN,J.T. – KUCHEROV,NIKITA –