The Vegas golden Cavaliers made a deal with the New Jersey Devils to send Nikita Gusev for the second round of 2021 and the third round of 2020. Then, the devils signed gooseff for two years, worth an average of $4.5 million a year.
Gusev is 27 years old, 175cm tall and 74kg. As the MVP of KHL last season, he scored 82 points (17 goals, 65 assists) in 62 games. Led Russia to win the gold medal in the 2018 Pingchang Winter Olympic Games, and contributed 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the final, and finally Russia won Germany 4-3.
For such a talented player, why only two draft signings? The reason for this is whether the general managers of NHL are willing to take the risk to bet on his upper limit in NHL.
There have been players who have been successful since returning to the NHL from KHL, such as Alexander radulov, who scored 72 points in a single season in his two seasons with Serkin and this year as a forward partner. But for KHL players who have never had NHL experience, there are certain risks. For example, Vadim shipachyov, also the top scorer of KHL, was sent to AHL after three appearances of golden Cavaliers, and finally chose to return to KHL.
The devil team signed Jack Hughes as the top scorer, PK subban as the top guard in the trade, and Wayne Simmons as the experienced right winger in the free agent market, which greatly improved the team’s strength.
Gutseff is likely to enter the first and second group of attack, with Hughes or hichel partner. In theory, Gusev can enhance the attack depth of the devil team and become the second group of left wingers after Taylor hall. In addition, gutseff may compete with hiescher and Simmons for a strong group of seats, which gives him the chance to reach 50-55 points in his first NHL season.