Russia's roster at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship included nine players that competed in North America during the 2013-14 season. One of that North American contingent was forward Ivan Nikolishin, son of former NHL forward Andrei Nikolishin.
Nikolishin was productive at the U18 tournament, netting two goals and adding three assists in the five games that the Russians played in Finland. Nikolishin played on Russia's top line with 2015 prospect Yevgeni Svechnikov and Alexander Protapovich, but even with their offensive output, Russia was not able to advance after dropping a 3-2 decision in their quarterfinal match with the Czech Republic.
During the 2013-14 season, Nikolishin competed for the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. The Moscow native scored 18 goals and added 41 assists for 59 points, and added three assists in five playoff games. Nikolishin is a prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, but is not ranked in Central Scouting's final rankings after having been ranked 201st in the midterm rankings.
Nikolishin spoke with Hockey's Future at the U18, a conversation captured in this HF video.
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