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Columbus Blue Jackets Forward Nikita Filatov to be Sidelined 10 to 14 Days Due to a Lower Leg Injury

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nikita Filatov will be sidelined 10 to 14 days due to a lower leg injury and will miss the team's rookie camp to be held in Traverse City, Michigan over the next five days, club General Manager Scott Howson announced September 12.

"Nikita has an old injury that is bothering him, so he will not accompany our rookie team to Traverse City for the NHL Prospects Tournament," said Howson. "He'll rehab the injury here and be re-evaluated in the next 10 days to two weeks."

Filatov, 18, was the club's top pick, sixth overall, at this year's Entry Draft. He tallied 32 goals and 34 assists for 66 points with 90 penalty minutes in 34 games with CSKA (Russia-3) in 2007-08 and led Russia's team that won the silver medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships with 3-6-9 and 29 penalty minutes in six games.

Blue Jackets are participating in the annual NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan this Saturday through Wednesday, September 17. The club will open its main training camp with physicals and fitness testing on Friday, September 19 with the first day of on-ice workouts scheduled for Saturday, September 20 at the Dispatch Ice Haus.

Individual game tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games will go on sale Friday, September 19 at noon 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 (614) 431-3600 or online at and Tickets for preseason games are on sale now. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.

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