The Québec Remparts dealt away one of their promising young rookies Wednesday afternoon. Nikita Kucherov, the young Russian sniper selected in the 2nd round by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2011 draft, was moved to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in a trade that clears up Québec's import situation.
Officially, the trade was announced by the Remparts as Kucherov going to Rouyn-Noranda for another Russian, Denis Kamaev and Chicoutimi's 2nd round QMJHL draft selection in 2013. The Remparts then dealt Kamaev to the Sherbrooke Phoenix in exchange for a first round choice in the 2014 CHL Import draft, and a 5th round pick in this year's QMJHL draft. Kamaev, a right winger, has 15 points and three goals in 23 games this season.
Struggling to juggle ice-time with the veteran two-way centre Mikhail Grigorenko and the Danish import Nick Sorensen, Kucherov was often on the outside looking in, held out of the lineup by Remparts coach and general manager Patrick Roy. In an interview yesterday with LeRead More »from Remparts trade Russian import Kucherov to Huskies