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Blue Jackets Activate Forward Nikita Filatov off Injured Reserve; Assign Filatov to Syracuse (AHL)

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Nikita Filatov off injured reserve and assigned him to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Filatov, 18, has collected four goals and has a +3 plus/minus rating in eight games with the Blue Jackets this season. He became the first Blue Jackets rookie to score a hat trick when he had three goals against Minnesota on January 10 and also became only the fourth player in franchise history to score a goal in his NHL debut against Nashville on October 17.

Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft, Filatov has 7-10-17 and is +6 in 23 games with the Crunch. He was named to the starting lineup for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team for the 2009 American Hockey League All-Star Game (did not play due to injury). He also tallied 8-3-11, six penalty minutes and was +3 in seven games for Russia at the 2009 World Junior Championships, serving as team captain and finishing among the tournament’s top goal scorers (first-tied) and point producers (fourth-tied). He was named to the All-Tournament Team and led Russia to the bronze medal.

The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they visit Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Face-off at Mellon Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101 beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.

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