Valeri Nichushkin RUMORS & NEWS

  • Stars rule out Nichushkin, recall AHL Rookie of the Year McKenzie

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Stars swapped out wingers on Tuesday, leaving Valeri Nichushkin (groin/hip) in Dallas for tonight’s game against Columbus while recalling Curtis McKenzie from AHL Texas. Nichushkin, 19, was hampered by the injury for his first two games of the season, reflected in his numbers — no goals, no..." October 14

  • Stars scratch Nichushkin to give him break from ‘mental grind’

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s been a remarkable rookie season for Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin, but that’s a big reason why Lindy Ruff is making him a healthy scratch on Saturday. As Ruff explains to the Dallas Morning News, the wear and tear of his first NHL campaign and the thrill of being a surprise..." January 19

  • Nichushkin selection to Team Russia causing rift in leadership

    Pro Hockey Talk "When Team Russia announced their roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Valeri Nichushkin‘s name being on it was a bit of a surprise. After all, he’s just 18 years old and he doesn’t have a long history of international experience. According to a report from Russia, his selection has caused a bit..." January 12

  • Could a Nichushkin be the best hockey player in the world? Jaromir Jagr says yes

    Dallas Morning News "It has been a wild month for Valeri Nichushkin. The Stars’ rookie winger has experienced the hottest streak of his young NHL career and has been called a potential superstar by Jaromir Jagr. That’s a lot to handle for an 18-year-old from Chelyabinsk, Russia. But if Stars general manager..." December 26

  • It's hard to describe Valeri Nichushkin, but he could be very special

    Dallas Morning News "The fact Valeri Nichushkin is the first 18-year-old to play for the Stars since the franchise moved to Dallas in 1993 tells you he’s different. The fact he’s the first Stars rookie to score four points in a game since Jere Lehtinen did it in 1996 tells you he’s gifted. The fact teammates..." December 09

  • Nichushkin moving up

    NHL.com "After scoring his first NHL goal and probably playing his best game of the season, Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin is getting bumped up to the top line for tonight’s game against the Bruins. He’s expected to play right wing with center Tyler Seguin and left wing Jamie Benn. “Obviously his play..." November 05

  • Ruff juggles D-pairs, puts Nichushkin on top line for the day

    Dallas Morning News "Lots to read into practice today so a fun day for speculation. First the news. Ryan Garbutt will travel to New York for a 10 a.m. CDT meeting Wednesday with the Department of Player Safety to discuss his hit on Dustin Penner in Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. The fact Garbutt is..." October 23

  • Valeri Nichushkin just wants a chance to be himself

    Dallas Morning News "Valeri Nichushkin has trouble speaking English but there’s no doubt he understands what’s being said. In fact it seems the 18-year-old Russian winger understands everything. Nichushkin is in a new land trying to make it in a new league and accomplish something few others his age have. And..." October 03

  • So should Stars fans be worried about `Russian Factor’ with draft pick Valeri Nichushkin?

    Dallas Morning News "Ilya Kovalchuk’s decision to retire from the NHL at age 30, with the possible intent of signing in the KHL, is another reminder that there is indeed a “Russian Factor” in the NHL, and that teams certainly are wary of it. Kovalchuk had signed a 15-year, $100 million deal with the Devils a couple..." July 12

  • Canes intrigued by Russian winger as NHL draft nears

    Raleigh News & Observer "Valeri Nichushkin is arguably the most interesting, if slightly perplexing, forward among the top prospects heading into Sunday’s NHL Entry Draft. The Russian winger is physically imposing, skates well and is said to have all the tools needed to make an NHL roster next season. “He’s a very..." June 27

  • MacKinnon tops Bob McKenzie's final draft rankings

    TSN.ca "In an NHL season of wild momentum swings and dramatic finishes -- see Game 7 of Toronto-Boston and Game 6 of Chicago-Boston -- perhaps we shouldn't be surprised the race for No. 1 in the NHL draft has been a wild ride of its own, with a series of entertaining twists and turns. Halifax Moosehead..." June 26

  • Nichushkin looking to answer doubters at Combine

    NHL.com "There's no telling what direction the 2013 NHL Draft will take when the "Big Three" of defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks and forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads are off the board. Some believe Finnish center Aleksander Barkov, No. 1 on NHL..." June 15

  • Jones finishes in top spot in Craig Button's draft rankings

    TSN.ca "While Halifax Moosehead forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin grabbed the spotlight with their championship-winning performance at the Memorial Cup, TSN Scout Craig Button believes Seth Jones is still the best blue-chipper going into this month's NHL Draft. The Portland Winterhawks..." June 04

  • Russian prospect Valeri Nichushkin out of KHL deal

    Tampa Bay Times "If the Lightning, as believed, has interest in taking Valeri Nichushkin with the No. 3 overall pick in the NHL draft on June 30, a major hurdle might have been eliminated. Nichushkin told rsport.ru, a website covering sports in Russia, his two-year deal with Dynamo Moscow of Europe's..." May 30

  • NHL OR BUST FOR NICHUSHKIN

    Future Considerations "When Valeri Nichushkin comes to play hockey in North America, there’s only one league he’s got his mind set on – the National Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 196-pound forward has little desire to play in the American Hockey League and even less to skate in Canada’s junior ranks, he told Future..." May 04

  • Nichushkin tops Russian draft crop at mid-season

    Hockey's Future "Considered one of the top birth years in Russian hockey, the 1995 class has seen several of the top players leave Russia to play Major Junior Hockey in North America, a fact that is reflected in this list of 2013 prospects. Most of the top 1995 players (like Nikita Zadorov, Nikita Serebryakov,..." May 04

  • Getting to Know 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Valeri Nichushki

    Bleacher Report "Valeri Nichushkin has seen his 2013 NHL draft stock rise considerably since burying Canada with this overtime marker to help Russia win the bronze medal in the most recent World Junior Championships. Since then, the lanky center/left winger has garnered considerable attention for his combination..." May 04

  • NICHUSHKIN HIGHLIGHTS RUSSIAN U18 ENTRY

    Future Considerations "Top-ranked Russian Valeri Nichushkin will lead his country into battle at the World Under-18 Championship on home ice from April 18-28 in Sochi. But the 18-year-old may not be there in time for the tournament opener. Nichushkin is still skating with Traktor Chelyabinsk, who is in the KHL’s..." May 04