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Jaromir Jagr can’t help but rave about Stars rookie Nichushkin

Dec 20, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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Dallas Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin has been starting to get noticed more by fans and media around the league of late. He’s also getting the attention of some of the league’s biggest name players as well.

New Jersey Devils star, and future Hall of Famer, Jaromir Jagr was asked about Nichushkin and couldn’t help but gush over his play of late as Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice shared.

“Maybe it was his best three games I watched, but I said, ‘This guy is going to be the best in the world one day,'” Jagr said.

Jagr said Nichushkin is the one rookie that has impressed him the most this season. He also says he’s never seen an 18-year-old physically dominate in games the way Nichushkin did in the games he watched.

When you consider the kind of force Jagr was when he arrived on the scene with the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 1990-91 as an 18-year-old, that kind of praise isn’t being thrown around lightly.

Nichushkin has had praise like this already this season when teammate and captain Jamie Benn compared him to Evgeni Malkin. Hearing it from a guy of Jagr’s caliber may carry a bit more clout.

If Nichushkin fulfills Jagr’s prophecy one day as the best player in the world, we can at least know that we were warned in advance.

  1. lowenni - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I don’t know if he’s going to be the BEST player in the world, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s one of the top 5 forwards a few years from now. Don’t know why he fell to 10th in the draft, especially after he said he was here to play in the NHL. What a steal for the Stars. Ever since Nichushkin got moved up to the top line with Benn and Seguin he (and the rest of the line) has been unstoppable He’s definitely going to be something special, and the Stars will be a force to reckon with him, Benn, and Seguin on that top line.

    Also, speaking of Seguin, really happy he’s been able to get his career back on track and he’s finally living up to his significant potential.

    • lowenni - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Forgot to mention, I think he’s going to be the Calder favorite by the end of the year (Nichushkin/Hertl/Krug or Jones)

    • bigtganks - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      I’m SO glad Gillis took Bo Horvat instead. 😦

  2. amityvillefun - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Wow. If the kid is this good already, he’ll be insanely good in a few years. Very cool of Jagr to praise him like that.

  3. JoeAvg - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    “When you consider the kind of force Jagr was when he arrived on the scene with the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 1990-91 as an 18-year-old”….

    Funny how people forget that when Jagr first came over from Europe he was often lost on the ice, struggled to score, and was even seen crying on the bench ’cause he just wanted to go home. It wasn’t until the Pens swung a deal with Calgary to get fellow Czech Jari Hirdina to give him someone to talk to that he actually began to blow everybody away.

    That being said, I hope this isn’t his last year. Play on Jags!

  4. stepanup - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    That has to excite Dallas fans. With Benn, Seguin, Nichuschkin, and Chiasson as young cornerstones of an offense, and a quality goalie in Lehtonen, this teams has pieces to build on for years to come.

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