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Prospects Report: February 19

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Nikita Filatov, LW

18 years old, 6-0, 172 pounds
Columbus' 1st pick, 6th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft

After being assigned to Syracuse by Columbus on October 8 and scoring two goals in his first two AHL games, Filatov was recalled by the Jackets just one week later. He made his NHL debut on October 17 vs. Nashville and scored his first NHL goal the same night.Since then, Nikita has been bounced between Columbus and Syracuse multiple times this season, he has thus far notched 18 points (8g, 10a), in 26 games with the Crunch. He is currently tied for seventh on the club in scoring with 18 points. He has also registered 4 goals in 8 games with the Blue Jackets this season. After missing almost one week due to a sinus infection, Filatov is expected to return to action for Friday's game against Wilkes/Barre-Scranton.

Matt Calvert, LW

19 years old, 5-10, 175 pounds (Brandon, MAN)
Columbus' 5th pick, 127th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft

Calvert is currently 6th in points on the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL even though he has only played in 47 of the teams 61 games. In those 47 games thus far, Calvert has already recorded 21 goals and 33 assists for 54 points total. He is currently +14 for the season. In the 2007 season, Calvert scored 24 goals and 40 assists while playing in all 72 regular season games for the Brandon Wheat Kings. He also managed to post an impressive plus-26 rating during the season.

Jake Hansen, RW

19 years old, 6-1, 168 pounds (St. Paul, MN)
Columbus' 4th pick, 68th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft

Jake is in the middle of his freshman year at the University of Minnesota and is seeing a lot of ice time with the Golden Gopher Hockey team. In 25 games thus far, Hansen has recorded 2 goals, 5 assists and 23 shots. Last year while playing with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, Jake ranked second on the team and ninth in the league in scoring with 31-27--58 over 60 games.

Andrey Plekhanov, D
22 years old, 6-1, 187 pounds, (Nizhnekampsk, Russia)
Columbus' fifth pick, 96th overall, in 2004 NHL Entry Draft

After splitting time between the Syracuse Crunch and the Elmira Jackals during the 2007-08 season, Andrey has worked his way to playing full time with Syracuse this season. Through 47 games played thus far with the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate, Plekhanov is third on the team overall in assists with 16 and has also registered 2 goals from his defensive position. He also has registered 46 penalty minutes and is currently the third highest scoring defenseman on the team. In 40 games played last season with the Crunch, Andrey finished with 9 goals and 16 assists during the regular season.

Aaron Rome, D
25-years-old, 6-1, 223 pounds (Brandon, MB)
Los Angeles' 4th round choice, 104th overall, in The 2002 NHL Entry Draft - acquired by Columbus From Anaheim with defenseman Clay Wilson in exchange for forward Geoff Platt on November 15, 2007

After being brought in from the Ducks, Rome was expected to battle for a spot on the Blue Jackets roster this season. However, the Brandon native was sent to Syracuse to begin the season and he has played well thus far to say the least. Through 47 games this season with the Crunch, Rome has registered 7 goals and 20 assists for a total of 27 (1st among defenseman on the team). He also ranks second on the team with a plus/minus rating of 8.

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