|Final Rank:||1||Midterm Rank:||1|
|Born:||May 25, 1990|
|Born in:||Moscow, RUS|
|Drafted:||2008: CBJ (1st Round / 6th Overall)|
Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb
“Nikita is a leader, has a great attitude, excellent work ethic and tons of talent. He has matured during the season and leads by example. He is an excellent skater who can change pace, even at top speed. Despite his size, he still plays aggressive, taking and giving hits.”
Under-20 Team Russia coach and two-time Stanley Cup Champion, Sergei Nemchinov
"He is a talented hockey player with a good technique and good speed, too. He definitely has an NHL upside because he can score, is a well-rounded player and is responsible in the defensive zone."