Nikita Popugaev

Birthplace: Moskva, Russia
Position: LW/RW
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 203
NHL Draft: 2017: 4th Round, 98th Overall by New Jersey Devils

#28 by Riding Pine Hockey
#50 by Future Considerations
#55 by ISS Hockey
#28 by Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

Scouting Reports:
“Massive power winger with a shoot first mentality, Popugaev uses his size to his advantage to make life for opposing defenders and goaltenders a nightmare down low and in front of the crease. Has an accurate and heavy shot that he can let go to beat goaltenders from far out.” – Brandon Holmes, Riding Pine Hockey

“A big, lanky, offensively minded winger…a massive and skilled player who shows offensive prowess and underrated skills without the puck…gets from Point A to Point B in good time, but has some work to do on his stride…has surprising agility for a kid his size…tends to lean toward being a goal-scorer…can really rifle the puck and has an exceptional release…dangerous as he trails the play looking for open ice to get a shot off…can really jive and juke around to shake opponents, showing craftiness in his hands…has good vision of the ice and acts quickly to make plays…has an unreal reach and protects the puck with it…a predatory player without the puck and won’t back off when applying pressure…when he gains more muscle and improves his skating, he will be an absolute force.” – Future Considerations

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
 2014-2015 CSKA Moskva U17 Russia U17 Finals 6 5 4 9 2
CSKA Moskva U17 Russia U17 24 19 22 41 10
Krasnaya Armiya Moskva MHL 28 2 2 4 4
Russia U17 WHC-17 6 3 0 3 2
Russia U17 (all) International-Jr 7 3 0 3 2
 2015-2016 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 70 16 31 47 28
 2016-2017 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 40 22 29 51 14
Prince George Cougars WHL 31 7 11 18 15
Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 2 0 1 1 2

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