COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Nikita Filatov on injured reserve retroactive to January 18, club General Manager Scott Howson announced January 26.
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 Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate. He was named to the starting lineup for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team for the 2009 American Hockey League All-Star Game (he will miss the game that is set to be played tonight due to the 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 Tuesday when they host the Detroit Red Wings. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101 beginning at 6:30 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.