VIDEO: Lightning F Kucherov dangles like Patrick Kane in practice

Dec 14, 11:25 AM

Steven Stamkos wasn't the only Lightning player working on his stick handling Saturday.

Rookie Nikita Kucherov has three goals in his first eight NHL games, but his moves in practice suggest he's capable of much more.

Kucherov's moves are reminiscent of Patrick Kane's promotional video for the Bauer Vapor APX2 stick, where the Blackhawks superstar dangles through a series of puck mazes. The Russian rookie still has a lot to do before he can come close to matching Kane's abilities in practice or in a game (Kane has 466 points in 480 career regular-season contests).

[h/t: Erik Erlendsson]

Nov 25, 8:12 PM

Lightning F Nikita Kucherov scores his first career goal on first career shift

Nov 25, 8:12 PM

On Monday night Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored his first NHL goal, on his first shot, on the first shift of his NHL career. 

Not an awful way to start an NHL career: