|Assets:||Has a nice combination of size and great mobility for the National Hockey League game. Moves the puck well and displays all-round acumen. Can fire the rubber disc. Relies on poise and good anticipation in the defensive zone.|
|Flaws:||Seems willing but doesn't play much of a physical game, and could stand to be a little more aggressive overall for a player with his impressive size (6-3, 217 pounds). Also, he must be more consistent defensively.|
|Career Potential:||Solid puck-moving defenseman with size.|
|4/27/2013||Missed the last 4 regular season games (lower body injury).|
|4/18/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/09/2013||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|4/07/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/16/2013||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|3/07/2013||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|3/05/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/07/2013||Missed 3 games (upper body injury).|
|2/03/2013||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|1/31/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|9/24/2012||Signed with Avangard Omsk (KHL).|
|6/28/2012||Re-signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a two-year contract.|
|2/21/2012||Missed 12 games (left knee injury).|
|2/02/2012||Left knee injury, injured reserve.|
|1/23/2012||Left knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|11/10/2011||Acquired from the St. Louis Blues.|
|6/09/2011||Re-signed by the St. Louis Blues to a one-year contract extension.|
|3/19/2011||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|3/16/2011||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/05/2011||Missed 4 games (lower body injury).|
|2/25/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/31/2011||Recalled from Peoria (AHL).|
|1/27/2011||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|1/23/2011||Recalled from Peoria (AHL).|
|12/18/2010||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|12/16/2010||Recalled from Peoria (AHL).|
|12/02/2010||Assigned to Peoria (AHL).|
|11/06/2010||Missed 10 games (wrist injury).|
|10/06/2010||Wrist injury, injured reserve.|
|6/14/2010||Signed by the St. Louis Blues to a one-year entry-level contract.|
|11/11/2011||St. Louis Blues traded Nikita Nikitin to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Kris Russell.|
|6/27/2004||Drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 5th round (136th overall) in 2004.|
Nikita Nikitin injured, won't play in worlds | 04/29/2013 10:17 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin won't play in the world championships due to either a right foot or ankle injury.
ImpactNikitin missed the last week of the season with the ailments but will have plenty of time to get healthy before training camp. He had three goals and nine points in 38 games this season.
Nikita Nikitin likely won't play on Thursday | 04/23/2013 1:50 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin (lower body) is not expected to play against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
Shawn Mitchell on Twitter
ImpactNikitin was injured Wednesday and hasn't played since. The Blue Jackets only have two games left this season so it's possible Nikitin won't dress again unless Columbus qualifies for the postseason.
Nikita Nikitin won't play Sunday vs. Sharks | 04/21/2013 10:18 AM
NewsDefenseman Nikita Nikitin is out for Sunday's tilt against the San Jose Sharks.
ImpactNikitin left Wednesday's game against the Ducks after suffering a lower body injury and did not skate with his teammates Saturday, confirming he won't dress against the Sharks. Look elsewhere if you need help on defense in a deep league.
Nikitin (lower body) leaves Wednesday's game | 04/18/2013 10:10 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin wasn't able to finish Wednesday's game due to a lower body injury.
ImpactNikitin was questionable for the contest to begin with due to what had been described as general soreness. It's not clear if he aggravating an existing injury on Wednesday or is dealing with an entirely new problem. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Nikita Nikitin could play Wednesday | 04/17/2013 5:54 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin skated with the team Wednesday morning and it looks like he'll return when the Blue Jackets play at Anaheim tonight.
ImpactHe will participate in the pregame warmup before getting the go ahead to play. David Savard is up with the club on an emergency basis and he'll suit up if Nikitin isn't ready.
Nikita Nikitin is questionable Wednesday | 04/17/2013 8:42 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin is dealing with what's being described as general soreness.
ImpactIt is evidently serious enough that Nikitin's availability for Wednesday's game is in question. The Columbus Blue Jackets called up David Savard, who will play on Wednesday is Nikitin is unable to.
Nikita Nikitin returns from upper body injury | 04/10/2013 9:46 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin has returned from an upper body injury.
ImpactNikitin had a shot on goal and a blocked shot in 19:58 minutes of playing time Tuesday. He missed Sunday's game due to the ailment.
| 04/10/2013 2:33 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin returned to action on Tuesday April 9.
Nikita Nikitin misses Sunday game with UBI | 04/08/2013 7:05 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin sat out Sunday's game with an upper body injury.
ImpactNikitin was injured on Friday against the Blues, his former team and was unable to go on Sunday. He has three goals and nine points in 33 games this season. Consider him day-to-day.
Nikitin is ready to return to CBJ's lineup | 03/07/2013 11:15 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin (upper body) will return on Thursday.
Rob Mixer on Twitter
ImpactNikitin missed Tuesday's game due to the ailment. He has two goals and four points in 19 games this season.
Nikita Nikitin won't play Tuesday vs. Oilers | 03/05/2013 6:35 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin (upper body) will not play Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers.
ImpactNikitin was hurt Sunday when he was hit into the boards, but thankfully he didn't suffer a head injury. Nikitin said Tuesday that his neck is still bothering him. He has limited fantasy value so this shouldn't affect your league too much.
Nikita Nikitin did not suffer head injury | 03/05/2013 8:44 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin (upper body) did not suffer a head injury when he was hit into the boards Sunday.
ImpactIt was feared that Nikitin may have suffered a head injury but that was not the case and Nikitin could practice on Tuesday. "We'll make a decision tomorrow morning," coach Todd Richards said on Monday. "I think it was pretty scary seeing him go into the boards. The first thing you worry about is a head injury. But he's a tough kid. He wants to play." Consider him day-to-day for now but it is possible that Nikitin plays on Tuesday.
Nikita Nikitin not expected to be out long | 03/04/2013 8:31 AM
NewsCoach Todd Richards did not think that the upper body injury suffered by Nikita Nikitin Sunday would be a long-term injury.
ImpactNikitin was forced to leave the game after suffering a shoulder-to-shoulder hit from the Avs Patrick Bordeleau. Richards did not speak to the medical staff after the game so we do not know what type of medical degree he claims to have so we would also proceed with some caution until it is known what the Blue Jackets medical staff have to say about the injury.
Nikita Nikitin suffers upper-body injury | 03/03/2013 6:45 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin suffered an upper-body injury and didn't return to the Columbus Blue Jackets' eventual 2-1 OT win against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactNikitin joins the Blue Jackets' swelling list of injured defensemen that includes Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski and John Moore. While Nikitin has limited fantasy value, it's another blow for Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky.
Blue Jackets activate Nikita Nikitin | 02/07/2013 7:39 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin (upper body) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.
ImpactNikitin was unavailable for three straight games due to the ailment. He has two points and six penalty minutes in seven contests this season.
Nikita Nikitin placed on I.R. by Blue Jackets | 02/03/2013 8:43 PM
NewsBlue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin has been placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to January 29th, as a result of an upper body injury.
ImpactThe Columbus defense corps has been ravaged by injuries of late, as James Wisniewski is out indefinitely after sustaining injuries in Saturday's win over the Red Wings. Let's hope Jack Johnson feels well because he's about to get all the ice time he can handle, and perhaps more.
Nikita Nikitin uncertain for Tuesday's game | 02/03/2013 10:59 AM
NewsThe status of Nikita Nikitin (upper body) for Tuesday's game will likely determine whether the Blue Jackets call up a defenseman from Springfield of the AHL.
ImpactNikitin sustained the ailment earlier in the week and missed Saturday's contest with the Red Wings as a result, but the injuries suffered by James Wisniewski will keep him out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, which leaves the Jackets shorthanded on the back end.
Nikita Nikitin sustains an undisclosed injury | 01/31/2013 10:42 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin suffered an undisclosed injury on Tuesday.
ImpactNikitin sustained the ailment when he was hit by the Wild's Darroll Powe in the third period. Nikitin has two points and a minus-three rating in seven games this season.
Nikitin and Tyutin minus-3 in loss to Wings | 01/22/2013 9:09 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin and Fedor Tyutin were each minus-three in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
ImpactThe duo are the second unit for the Blue Jackets and struggled Monday at even strength. The Blue Jackets were strong on the penalty kill as they were perfect in seven chances. Nikitin was a bit of a surprise last season, showing some offensive flair once he was traded from St. Louis to the Blue Jackets, so he could be picked up in deep, deep pools although his plus/minus could be an area of concern.
|Goals||1||3 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Mar 19||2|
|Assists||1||6 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Mar 31||2|
|Points||1||9 times-last:vs. Ana||last:Mar 31||3|
|Penalty Minutes||7||at Chi||Mar 1||2|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. SJ||Feb 11||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||vs. Nas||Mar 19||1|
|Power Play Points||1||2 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Mar 19||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||38 times-last:at Ana||last:Apr 17||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||38 times-last:at Ana||last:Apr 17||1|
|Shots||7||vs. Cgy||Feb 7||5|
|Penalty Minutes||18||2011-12 (StL/CBJ)|
|Power Play Goals||3||2011-12 (StL/CBJ)|
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