Nichushkin 1st in scoring

Nichushkin ranks 1st in pointers


Labeled as a “flop” over the years due to his inability to capitalize on all of his offensive talent, Valeri Nichushkin has obviously found the key. The Colorado Avalanche forward was indeed at the top of the league's scorers on Sunday morning. 

Aged 27, Nichushkin was one of the most beautiful offensive talents of the 2013 vintage for the repechage. He was eventually selected in the 10th overall by the Dallas Stars. The 6'4″ tall Russian, however, was never able to do better than 34 points in his first six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), interspersed with a two-campaign stint in the Continental League hockey (KHL).

Nichushkin, however, unlocked in 2021-2022 with 25 goals and 52 points in 62 games, landing an eight-year, $49 million contract in the process. He is now showing a little more with each game that he fully deserves this pact, having scored six goals and totaled 11 points in six games so far this season.

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It was the short summer break, due to the Stanley Cup, that allowed the players to maintain their rhythm, according to head coach Jared Bednar.

“He found his scoring touch, the pilot kicked off on Saturday, according to the National League's official website. Some players have picked up the ball on the bounce, and with the necessary focus and preparation, they're ready to go because they haven't been off the ice long.”

“They haven't didn't have to spend three, four or five months of summer training. They're right back in the groove right now, and Nichushkin is definitely one of them and led the charge for us.”

Nichushkin helped the Avalanche maintain a record of 3-2-1 since the start of the campaign and will look to build on that momentum in a three-game trip to the New York area which begins Tuesday against the Rangers.