COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Nikita Filatov (pronounced nih-KEE-tuh FIHL-uh-tawf) to a standard three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 10. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
"He is a dynamic, talented player with outstanding offensive instincts. We look forward to seeing him in training camp this fall." - General Manager Scott Howson
Filatov, 18, was the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on June 20-21. He 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. He led the team in assists, points and plus/minus rating.
"We are very pleased that Nikita has made a strong commitment to play in North America as soon as possible," said Howson. "He is a dynamic, talented player with outstanding offensive instincts. We look forward to seeing him in training camp this fall."
|Nikita Filatov |
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.
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