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2008 NHL Draft: Nikita Filatov

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2008 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?

Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.

2008 NHL Entry Draft Site

    Nikita Filatov
    Rank (No. 1 European)
    Position: Left wing
    Height/Weight: 6-0, 172 pounds
    D.O.B: May 25, 1990

Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 CSKA 2 Russia-3 34 32 34 66 90

Led Russia in scoring in 2008 World Junior Championship with nine points (four goals) in seven games. Played for CSKA senior and junior teams in 2007-08. Captained Russia to silver medal in 2008 Under-18 World Championships. Led the team with nine points (six assists), including two shorthanded goals and was named to the tourney All-Star Team. Mother was teacher in Russia and gave him English lessons.


A leader who has a great attitude, excellent work ethic, and tons of talent. Excellent skater who leads by example and can change pace, even at top speed. Despite his size, still aggressive, taking and giving hits. Definitely has NHL upside because he can score, is well-rounded, and defensively responsible.


High skill Russian player with sound vision and instincts offensively.
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