5. Nikita Kucherov
Although her 2020-21 season ended with hip surgery, there is still no better Russian in the NHL than Nikita Kochrov of Tampa Bay Lightning. In six straight seasons, the power supply increased its point of view. Kochurov reached the 100-point plateau in both 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Excluding his fraudulent 2014-15 campaign, he has just scored less than 29 goals in a single season. For scoring 128 points (41G, 87A) during 2018-19, Kochrov received awards from the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, and the Ted Lindsay Award. Those 128 points surpassed Alexander Magni for the most points in the NHL by a Russian-born player. Also, Kochrov’s 87 assists tied Jaromir Jagger for the most assists by a winger in an NHL season.
While Lightning has a full cast of marquee players, Kochirio is the one who is going to make the biggest difference for his hockey club. As the Bolts lifted the Cup in 2019, they led the league in playoff points with 34 (7-27-34) in 25 games. He tops our list for his name in the Stanley Cup.