2017 NHL Entry Draft

Nikita Popugaev

NIKITA POPUGAEVRussia

NEW JERSEY • ROUND: 4 OVERALL: 98

 

Previous Team: Prince George Cougars (WHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 44

Vital Statistics

Position: LW • Height: 6-5½ • Weight: 202 • Shoots: Right
Birthdate: Nov. 20, 1998 • Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Moscow CSKA (Russia U17/U20); Moose Jaw (WHL)
CHL Import Draft: 2015 by Moose Jaw (Round 1, No. 22 Overall)
WHL Debut: Sept. 24, 2015 (Moose Jaw vs. Regina)
First WHL Goal: Oct. 7, 2015 (Moose Jaw vs. Vancouver)

IN THE NEWS:
The Towering Size His Biggest Advantage
Traded to Cougars in a Blockbuster Deal
Played in the Canada-Russia Super Series

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "He's a big man and highly talented. He can shoot from anywhere. I guess you'd call him a sniper. He needs to work on his consistency and his skating." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "This player is one of the most frustrating guys for me. He is ultra-talented and has exceptional one-on-one skills. Very good one-timer and long reach make him hard to handle and very dangerous, but his up-and-down level of competing and poor body language scare the heck out of me." (Brent Parker, ISS Scout)

• "I’m hearing he’s lazy. He’s a polarizing figure among scouts. The possibility is he becomes a bust. Of course, I have time for him, but he could be a complete bust." (Anonymous NHL Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "Does not play a physical game. He can get pushed off pucks in corners, and it is apparent he lacks some coordination, as he can get caught off-balance in contact and sometimes even struggles to take passes off feet." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Impossible to stop if you let him gather speed through the neutral zone. Also impossible to move him off the puck -- very strong and opposing checkers just bounce off him. Has underrated edge work and agility and can dominate the perimeter play with puck protection and the ability to win one-on-one battles with his size." (Red Line Report)