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Columbus Blue Jackets Recall Forward Nikita Filatov from the 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, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced April 1.

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 recorded 16-16-32 in 39 games with the Crunch. He is third on the club in goals, while ranking fourth in points. He was named to the starting lineup for the PlanetUSA All-Star team for the 2009 AHL All-Star Game, but did not play due to injury. He also collected 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 Saturday when they visit the Nashville Predators. Game time from Sommet Center is set for 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 7:30 p.m. The game also will be 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 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for remaining 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. In the event the Columbus Blue Jackets qualify for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, individual game tickets for all first round home playoff games at Nationwide Arena will go on sale Saturday, Apr. 11 at 9 a.m.

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