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Columbus Blue Jackets Selects CSKA (Russia) Left Wing Nikita Filatov with the Sixth Overall Pick of 2008 NHL Entry Draft

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets selected CSKA (Russia) left wing Nikita Filatov with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft, club General Manager Scott Howson announced June 20. The Entry Draft is being held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario.

Filatov, 18, scored 32 goals and added 34 assists for 66 points with 90 penalty minutes in 34 games with CSKA of the Russian Junior League during the 2007-08 season. He also saw action in five games with CSKA’s Russian Elite League team and represented Russia at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He tallied 4-5-9 with 10 penalty minutes and had a +7 plus/minus rating in seven games to help Team Russia capture the bronze medal. Russia's captain, he led the team in assists, points and plus/minus rating.

"Nikita is a dynamic, offensive player who has played against older kids and excelled," said Howson. "We were really pleased when he was available at the sixth pick."

The Moscow, Russia native recorded 3-6-9 with 29 penalty minutes and had a +1 plus/minus rating in six games during the 2008 World Under-18 Championships as Russia took the silver medal. He was named to the tournament’s All-Star Team as he led his team in assists and points. In the 2007 World Under-18 Championships, he tallied 4-5-9 with six penalty minutes and was +4 in seven games to help Russia claim the gold medal.

The 2008 Entry Draft will continue on Saturday at Scotiabank Place with rounds two through seven. The Blue Jackets currently hold the following picks – second round (37th), fourth round (97th, 118th), fifth round (127th, 135th), sixth round (157th) and seventh round (187th).

GET TO KNOW ... Nikita Filatov

NIKITA FILATOV, Left Wing

CSKA (Russia-3), Hgt.: 6-0, Wgt.: 172, Shoots: Right, Born: May 25, 1990 (Moscow, USSR)

Career StatisticsRegular SeasonPlayoffs

Year       Team League   GP TOI  G   A PTS +/- PIM  GP G  A PTS PIM

2007-08CSKA Russia      5   n/a  0   0    0     -2    0     … … …  …    …

                CSKA Russia-3 34  n/a 32 34  66   n/a  90   … … …  …    …

Russian Totals                    5    …   0   0    0      -2   0     … … …  …   …

Russia-3 Totals                  34    …  32 34  66    …  90   … … …  …   …

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