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Nikita Nikitin  #86

Edmonton Oilers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 86 BIRTHDATE: June 16, 1986  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Omsk, Russia
WEIGHT: 217 DRAFTED: STL / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 5th   (136th overall)
-Scored 1st goal as an Oiler Oct. 22 vs. WSH -Placed on IR Nov. 2 (Back) 2013-14 HIGHLIGHTS: -Posted career high in games played (66) -Recorded three multipoint games - Appeared in five games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs -Played his 200th career NHL game on Mar. 18 vs. CAR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: -Set career highs in goals (7), assists (25), points (32), power play goals (3), game-winning goals (3), time on ice (23:34) (2011-12) -Played the 100th game of his NHL career Apr. 3 @ PHX (2011-12) -Recorded the first multi-point game of his NHL career with (2A) and was +3 Mar. 30 @ DET (2010-11)
Traded to Columbus by St. Louis for Kris Russell, November 11, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (KHL), September 24, 2012. Traded to Edmonton by Columbus for Columbus' 5th round choice (previously acquired, Columbus selected Tyler Bird) in 2014 Entry Draft, June 25, 2014.
Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4