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Name: Nikita NesterovTampa Bay Lightning (#148/2011 NHL Draft)

Rating: 83
Height: 183cm/6'0"
Weight: 83kg/182.6 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1993-03-28
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Talent Analysis:
An interesting two-way defenseman with some size...good defensive play, even if he has still a lot to learn...can cover passing lines...can be a pretty physical and mean player at times, but should do it with more consistence...could get some work on his skating abilities...big shot from the point...useful during powerplay and penalty killing situations...should try to play in a more disciplined way...needs to add some mass...interesting two-way defenseman with NHL potential...
Back In Russia:
A native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Nesterov has always been a regular on the national team of his age and even had the chance to skate in the 2010 U18s as underager. He was then drafted in the CHL Import Draft by the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, but he decided not to report there and stay at home in Russia. After a good season in the MHL he was called again for the U18s, where he had a leading role and was one of the top defensemen for Team Russia.
NHL Outlook:
Nikita Nesterov has all the tools to become an NHL-caliber defenseman. He still needs to get more mature as a player and add some muscle to his interesting size, but he has all the tools to get a spot within the Lightning blue line.
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