Nichushkin had an assist in Friday's win over the Caps. Nichushkin has not met expectations this season and isn't providing points across categories even when he's posting points. He didn't record a shot, played just 14:55 and had a minus-1 rating.
Nichushkin scored his second goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Buffalo. Nichushkin had controlled the puck in the attacking zone, then deferred to Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel, who sent the puck right back to Nichushkin for a crafty backhand score. Nichushkin was the 10th overall draft selection by Dallas in 2013, and he is loaded with offensive upside. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds the Russian winger is a bulldozer on the ice and that allows him to create opportunities for himself. He put up 34 points in 2013-14, his rookie season, but the hockey world has yet to witness anything near his full potential. Be patient with Nichushkin as he very well could be worth the wait.
Nichushkin scored his first of the year in Sunday's win over Detroit. It's been a long-time coming for a young player that many were bullish on coming into the season. Nichushkin hasn't lived up to the hype yet with just the one goal and two assists through 13 games. That's particularly worrying considering the high-powered offense he's a part of.
Nichushkin had just two shots and a paltry 9:50 of ice time in Tuesday's win over the Ducks. Healthy to start the season, Nichushkin's production has not lived up to expectations. Through seven games he has just a single assist and an average of under two shots per game. He's also only crossed the 14 minute mark twice. It's a concerning situation.
Nichushkin scored his first point of the season, an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. After a rookie campaign that saw Nichushkin score 34 points in 2013-14, recurring injuries limited him to just eight games and one point last season. Nichushkin is now healthy and playing on a line centered by the free scoring Jason Spezza, so Nichushkin should see a return to his rookie production.
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