Nikita Popugayev

New Jersey Devils
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Fantasy Summary

Speedy middle-six winger with size


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 2.5
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth November 20, 1998
Height 6‘6”
Weight 216 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 4; Overall: 98

Observations

April 2019 — Popugayev finished his Binghamton season with five points in 17 games. He proved to be an effective forward which still needs some work defensively, finishing plays, and skating.  Chris Wassel

March 2019 – Popugayev returned from an interesting tour of KHL and MHL Russian teams in February and immediate was assigned to Binghamton of the AHL. The Devils affiliate pressed the forward into action partly because of the number of injuries. It took him a while to get going but the 6-foot-6 winger has three points in his last four games. The Devils’ forward needed to come back to North American to develop his game as his idea to try Russia did not work so well. Chris Wassel

November 2017 – After a disappointing start to the season with the Prince George Cougars, Popugaev has decided to head home to Russia. The towering winger signed a three-way contract so he is eligible to play in the KHL, VHL, or the MHL. Devils fans should not be worried as Popugaev’s game may develop better in Russia and he is expected to be a long-term prospect.  Grant Frey 

May 2017 – It was a tale of two seasons for big Popugaev. He started the season playing in the WHL for Moose Jaw and was playing his way into first-round consideration with 22 goals and 51 points in 40 games. Then he was traded to Prince George, a contending team with better depth, and his production dropped to seven goals and 18 points in his final 31 games.

Popugaev is a big forward that doesn’t assert himself physically or aggressively well or often enough for many. His compete level has also been highly questioned. However, as he showed in Moose Jaw he is a highly talented player with a very good shot and soft hands. For a big man, he is a good skater and won the fastest skater competition in the MHL before coming to Canada.

Many a big talented prospect has had these concerns and perhaps he just needs the right situation to excel. If he ends up being drafted by the right team and ends up in the right situation he could be a solid NHL and fantasy player. Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs 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 | Playoffs 12 0 0 0
  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 | Playoffs 6 2 2 4
 2016-2017 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 40 22 29 51 14 |          
  Prince George Cougars WHL 31 7 11 18 15 | Playoffs 6 1 2 3
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 2 0 1 1 2 |          
 2017-2018 Prince George Cougars WHL 13 2 5 7 4 |          
  CSKA Moskva KHL 12 0 1 1 2 | Playoffs 5 1 0 1
  Zvezda Moskva VHL 14 3 2 5 2 |          
  Krasnaya Armiya Moskva MHL 3 1 1 2 12 |          
 2018-2019 Krasnaya Armiya Moskva MHL 3 2 1 3 0 |          
  Amur Khabarovsk KHL 37 1 0 1 20 |          
  Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk MHL 9 4 4 8 2 |          
  Binghamton Devils AHL 17 3 2 5 2 |          

Highlights