Nikulin, 22, is second in team scoring with three goals and seven assists in 14 games with Binghamton this season. He was assigned to the AHL club at the end of the Senators’ training camp on Oct. 1, after earning one assist in four pre-season games. Nikulin also played for Ottawa in the 2007 Kitchener rookie tournament at the beginning of September.
The Moscow native started his AHL season on a three-game point streak (1 goal and 2 assists) from Oct. 6 to 13, including his first goal against Syracuse on Oct. 12. Nikulin had a four-game point streak with four assists from Oct. 20 to 28 and recorded his first two-goal game against Philadelphia in a 6-3 loss on Nov. 16.
Nikulin was Ottawa’s fourth-round pick, 122nd overall, in the 2004 NHL entry draft. The 6-1, 198-pound centre played his last three season’s with CSKA of the Russian elite league, seeing his best season in 2005-06 when had 21 points (10-11) in 51 games. He recorded a goal and an assist in six games at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship for Team Russia, who lost to Canada in the gold-medal game.
Binghamton has seven wins, eight losses and one overtime loss for 15 points and sits in fifth place in the East Division. Binghamton’s next game is tonight when they play host to the Rochester Americans.