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Columbus Blue Jackets Recall Forward Nikita Filatov from American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Nikita Filatov from the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced January 7.

Filatov, 18, recently 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 Moscow, Russia native collected 1-0-1 in four games with the Blue Jackets earlier this season. He became only the fourth player in franchise history to score a goal in his NHL debut when he lit the lamp against Nashville on October 17. He has also registered 7-10-17, 10 penalty minutes and is +6 in 23 games with the Crunch. Today he was also named to the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team that will take part in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday January 25-26 in Worcester, Mass.

Columbus' first pick, sixth overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft, Filatov tallied 32-34-66 and 90 penalty minutes in 34 games with CSKA of the Russian Junior League in 2007-08. He also helped Russia capture the bronze medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships, tallying 4-5-9, 10 penalty minutes and was +7 in seven games.

The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they visit reigning NHL most valuable player Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Game time from Verizon Center is set for 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 be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101.

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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