Karlis Cukste

by Zachary DeVine on October 15, 2017

Karlis Cukste - photo courtesy: deadlywaters.net

Karlis Cukste, D

Shoots: Left

Height: 6-02

Weight: 216

Born: 1997-06-17

Hometown:  Riga, Latvia

Drafted: 2015 by San Jose Sharks, 130th overall



October 2017 - Three games into his sophomore season with Quinnipiac University Karlis Cukste is still looking for his first point of the 2017-18 campaign. The Sharks' 2015 fifth round pick had a respectable five goals and ten assists last year for the Bobcats and will get ample time to season in the NCAA ranks as the Sharks defensive depth is stable for the foreseeable future. Cukste did look more comfortable during the summer camps in San Jose but did not generate much offensively. He remains a long-range prospect that likely is not on anyone's radar as of yet. Zachary DeVine

December 2016 – Cukste’s rookie season with Quinnipiac University has been a good one so far. The big Latvian has four goals and five assists in 19 contests, closing in on his total from last year when he skated with the Chicago Steel of the USHL. Cukste attended the San Jose Sharks development camp and worked hard in drills but did not appear to be making the best decisions with the puck at times. It was summer hockey, so take that with a grain of salt. Cukste will skate with Team Latvia in the World Junior Championship later this month and should play a sizable role with Latvia as they join the top tier in the tournament. Cukste also skated with Latvia last year at the WJC Division 1A where he posted three assists in five contests. Zachary DeVine



Fantasy Outlook: C-

Cukste is a long way off from being part of the Sharks plans. Might be worth a roster spot in the deepest of leagues with a strong freshman NCAA season and solid WJC tournament.




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