2009-10: Nikita Kucherov played in the MHL, Russia's junior league, for CSKA Krasnaja Armija Moskva. In 53 games, he scored 29 goals and added 25 assists for 54 points. In 5 playoff games, Kucherov registered 2 assists. Kucherov was chosen in the third round, 60th overall, of the 2010 KHL Draft by CSKA Moskva.
2010-11: Kucherov spent most of the season with the CSKA Krasnaja Armija Moskva in the MHL, scoring 25 goals and adding 28 assists for 53 points in 35 games. Kucherov also appeared in 8 KHL games for CSKA Moskva, picking up 2 assists. Kucherov played for Russia at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, scoring 2 goals and adding 5 assists for 7 points in 4 games. He also represented Russia at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 11 goals and adding 10 assists for 21 points in 7 games. His goal total was the best in that tournament, as was his point total. Kucherov was named the Best Forward of the U-18 WJC.
2011-12: Kucherov appeared in 18 KHL games with CSKA Moscow and represented Russia at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship in addition to skating for the CSKA-Red Army U22 team. He had 1 goal with 4 assists and was minus-one with four penalty minutes in KHL play. Skating for the silver-medal winning Russian squad at the WJC, he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was plus-four with 2 penalty minutes in seven games. Kucherov had 43 points in 23 MHL games for CSKA-Red Army. He scored 24 goals with 19 assists and was plus-16 with 40 penalty minutes. In seven playoff games he scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was minus-three. Kucherov was selected in the first round (43rd overall) of the 2012 CHL Import Draft by the Quebec Remparts.
An exciting player with an immense talent, Kucherov is a game breaker and a natural goal-scorer who can score with ease thanks to his excellent one-timer and wrist shot. He likes to go top shelf and is pretty effective in doing so. Mainly an offensive player, Kucherov needs to work on his defensive play and add some meat. He has very good hockey sense and is very difficult to contain due to his skills and skating.
Kucherov started the 2012-13 season with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, but was dealt to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.