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2014 NHL Draft
Nikita Nikitin

Nikita Nikitin  #6

Edmonton Oilers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 6 BIRTHDATE: June 16, 1986  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Omsk, Russia
WEIGHT: 223 DRAFTED: STL / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 5th   (136th overall)

Career: Represented Russia at the 2014 Olympic Games (5GP-0G-1A-1P-8SOG), 2012 IIHF World Championships (10GP-0G-4A-4P, Gold Medal) and 2006 World Junior Championships (6GP-0G-0A-0P, Silver Medal)… Skated in 100th career NHL game on 4/3/12 at PHX... Scored 1st career NHL goal on 2/6/11 at TBL (opposing goalie: Dan Ellis)… Made NHL debut with STL on 11/6/10 at BOS… Won Cup of Russia with Avangard Omsk in 2004.

2013-14: Finished T-1st among all NHL D in plus/minus during the month of December (+10)... Registered 8th career MPG on 12/29 vs. PIT... Finished 2nd on CBJ in +/- (+19) and 6th in blocked shots (72)... Scored 1st career OTG on 11/20 at CGY.

2012-13: Tied career-high with 3-game point streak (0G-3A-3P) from 3/28-3/31... Registered 1st career fighting major on 3/1 at CHI (opponent: D. Carcillo)... Fired career-high 7 SOG on 2/7 vs. CGY.

Personal: Didn't begin playing hockey until the age of 11... Nickname is ‘Nicky’… Favorite sport aside from hockey: soccer... Avid billiards player.

Traded to Columbus by St. Louis for Kris Russell, November 11, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Omsk (KHL), September 24, 2012.
Quote of the Day

I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie