|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.|
|4/11/2015||Missed the last 4 regular season games (undisclosed).|
|3/18/2015||Missed 21 games (left shoulder injury).|
|2/04/2015||Left shoulder injury, injured reserve.|
|1/30/2015||Left shoulder injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/29/2014||Missed 10 games (back injury).|
|12/08/2014||Back injury, injured reserve.|
|12/07/2014||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|11/04/2014||Missed 3 games (back spasms).|
|10/07/2014||Ankle injury, injured reserve.|
|6/25/2014||Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets.|
|4/28/2014||Missed the last playoff game (undisclosed).|
|4/12/2014||Missed 6 games (lower body injury).|
|4/02/2014||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/11/2014||Missed 1 game (head injury).|
|3/08/2014||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|11/29/2013||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|11/27/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|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.|
|6/25/2014||Columbus Blue Jackets traded Nikita Nikitin to the Edmonton Oilers for a 5th round selection in 2014.|
|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 inks two-year deal with Oilers | 06/25/2014 9:45 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin has agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactThe Oilers, who gained permission from Columbus to negotiate with Nikitin, will now give the Blue Jackets a fifth round pick as compensation. Nikitin had two goals and 15 points in 66 games in 2013-14. He's a reliable top-four defenseman, but he saw his role with the Blue Jackets diminish last season, so it's not surprising that both parties decided that move on.
Oilers allowed to talk to Nikita Nikitin | 06/21/2014 10:45 AM
NewsThe Edmonton Oilers have been granted permission to talk to Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin.
ImpactThe Blue Jackets will not be retaining the services of the Russian defenseman and have given the Oilers 48 hours to make a deal. If one is done, the Oilers are expected to give up a fifth round pick to Columbus, likely the one the Blue Jackets gave the Oilers when Nick Schultz went to Columbus at the trade deadline. The Oilers are looking to upgrade their blueline and Nikitin is a good five-six defenseman. He has little fantasy value with two goals and 15 points in 66 games last season.
CBJ allows Oilers to speak to Nikita Nikitin | 06/20/2014 9:30 AM
NewsThe Edmonton Oilers have reportedly been granted a window to negotiate with pending unrestricted free agent Nikita Nikitin.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactIt was originally reported that the Oilers had acquired Niktin's negotiation rights, but there hasn't been an actual transaction yet. If a contract is agreed upon then a trade could follow.
Oilers acquire pending UFA Nikita Nikitin | 06/20/2014 8:59 AM
NewsThe Edmonton Oilers have acquired the negotiating rights to Nikita Nikitin from Columbus.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactWe don't know what the Blue Jackets will get in return, but it's probably something contingent on Nikitin signing with the Oilers. He's eligible for unrestricted free agency in less than a couple of weeks.
Jackets may not sign blueliner Nikita Nikitin | 06/12/2014 12:16 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin appears as though he will be permitted to test the market as a free agent in July.
ImpactThe Blue Jackets have plenty of young blueliners who stepped up in 2013-14 and the team is willing to give them a shot. "You can't fast-forward the young players if they're not ready," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "But you have to give them room to play, and to do that, you can't have too many guys in the same role. The bus gets crowded. We're working through it. There's plenty of time to get a deal done."
Nikita Nikitin won't play Monday vs. Pens | 04/28/2014 4:35 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin is hurt and won't play Monday night.
ImpactCoach Todd Richards wouldn't divulge what was bothering Nikitin. His ice time has fluctuated throughout the first five games of the team's first-round series against Pittsburgh.
| 04/13/2014 2:42 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin returned to action on Saturday April 12.
Nikita Nikitin out Thursday with LBI | 04/02/2014 1:34 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin suffered a lower-body injury on Tuesday and he won't play in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Shawn Mitchell on Twitter
ImpactCoach Todd Richards said that Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon will play in his place. Consider Nikitin day-to-day for now.
Nikita Nikitin back in the Jackets lineup | 03/30/2014 8:57 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin was back in the Columbus lineup on Saturday after being a healthy scratch the previous two games.
ImpactNikitin played alongside David Savard as he replaced Nick Schultz in the lineup. Nikitin has two goals and 15 points in 64 games this season with a plus-11 rating.
| 03/12/2014 2:29 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin returned to action on Tuesday March 11.
Nikita Nikitin a game time decision on Monday | 03/10/2014 7:44 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin (head) took part in an optional skate on Sunday and will be a game-time decision on Monday.
ImpactNikitin sat out on Saturday but looks to be ready to return. He has two goals and 15 points in 56 games this season.
Nikita Nikitin takes morning skate but sits | 03/09/2014 7:30 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin (head) partook in morning practice on Saturday but was unable to play.
ImpactNikitin suffered an upper body injury when he was hit in the head by the Blackhawks Andrew Shaw on Thursday. It is thought that the Russian defenseman could be ready to go Monday in Dallas. Nikitin has two goals and 15 points in 56 games with a plus-seven rating this season.
Nikita Nikitin probably won't play Saturday | 03/07/2014 3:40 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin (head) isn't likely to play on Saturday.
Bluejackets.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactNikitin left Thursday's game after being hit in the head by Chicago's Andrew Shaw. The Blue Jackets are calling it an upper-body injury, so it's not clear if they're being precautionary right now or if Nikitin has a concussion.
Nikita Nikitin sustains head injury Thursday | 03/07/2014 9:34 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin wasn't able to complete Thursday's game after being hit in the head by Chicago's Andrew Shaw.
ImpactThe incident occurred in the first period. Nikitin initially tried to stay in the game, but left after logging just 35 seconds in the second frame. For now, Nikitin will continue to travel with the club and will be examined further on Friday.
Nikita Nikitin earns assist in limited TOI | 02/13/2014 1:54 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin logged a team-low 10:16 of ice time in Russia's 5-2 win over Slovenia.
ImpactHe earned an assist and had one shot on goal despite his limited minutes. The Russians dressed eight defensemen in the contest.
Nikita Nikitin gets two points in CBJ loss | 12/29/2013 9:38 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin scored a goal and an assist in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
ImpactThe Russian-born defenseman has scored five of his 11 points this season in the last five games. He's not really getting the ice time you'd hope for in a fringe blueliner, though, so it's probably best to monitor his progress rather than taking the plunge right away.
| 11/30/2013 2:02 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin returned to action on Friday November 29.
Nikita Nikitin will probably return Friday | 11/29/2013 9:17 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin (lower body) is probable Friday.
ImpactNikitin missed Wednesday's game due to the ailment. He has a goal and six points in 18 games this season.
Nikita Nikitin is out Wednesday | 11/27/2013 5:01 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin (undisclosed) will miss Wednesday's contest.
ImpactNikitin sustained the injury while blocking a shot during Columbus' 6-0 win on Monday. He has a goal and five assists in 18 games this season.
Nikitin leads Blue Jackets to win Wednesday | 11/21/2013 3:53 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin scored a goal and registered an assist in Columbus's 2-1 OT victory over Calgary Wednesday evening.
ImpactNikitin scored 2:25 into overtime. Calgary goaltender Reto Berra denied Artem Anisimov during an overtime scramble before Cam Atkinson found David Savard in the slot. His shot was blocked but the puck skipped to Nikitin, who hit the back of a virtually empty net for his first of the season to give Columbus the win. Nick Foligno scored the other goal for the Blue Jackets.
Nikita Nikitin will draw back in Saturday | 11/02/2013 2:11 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin will get back into the lineup Saturday after being a healthy scratch for five straight games.
ImpactHe has one assist and 13 blocks in six games this season. Coach Todd Richards didn't say who would be coming out of the lineup to make room for Nikitin.
Nikitin might be put back in lineup Tuesday | 10/22/2013 3:07 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin might end up playing in Tuesday's game after being a healthy scratch Saturday.
ImpactWhether or not Nikitin plays will depend on the availability of James Wisniewksi, who is a game-time decision due to an illness. Nikitin will serve on the Blue Jackets' third defensive pairing if he plays at all.
Nikita Nikitin makes room for Dalton Prout | 10/20/2013 3:55 PM
NewsWith Dalton Prout drawing back in the lineup for Columbus, Nikita Nikitin will be a healthy scratch for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactNikitin has an assist in six games so far this season. He has 51 career points in 146 NHL regular season games and hasn't ever appeared in a playoff contest.
Nikita Nikin could sit Saturday night | 10/12/2013 10:14 AM
NewsNikita Nikin could be the odd man out for the Blue Jackets with Fedor Tyutin in the lineup.
Impact"(David) Savard will not be out. He's playing," coach Todd Richards said. "The way Savard has played, the way Ryan Murray has played ... all of those guys, the young players, have done a good job. They've made really good cases for them staying in the lineup." Reading between the lines, then, it would suggest that a veteran would be scratched Saturday afternoon.
Nikita Nikitin (illness) is back at practice | 10/02/2013 9:22 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin (illness) was able to participate in Tuesday's practice.
ImpactNikitin should be able to play in Columbus' season opener on Friday. He had three goals and six assists in 38 games in 2013.
Nikita Nikitin is day-to-day with an illness | 09/30/2013 2:41 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin is dealing with an illness.
Rob Mixer on Twitter
ImpactColumbus doesn't have their season opener until Friday, so Nikitin might be fine by then. Consider him day-to-day for now though.
Nikita Nikitin (ankle) returns to lineup | 09/27/2013 7:27 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin returned from a bruised ankle on Thursday.
ImpactNikitin scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal in a 2-1 loss. He also had four shots on goal and logged 19:56 minutes.
Nikita Nikitin back on the ice Wednesday | 09/25/2013 1:00 PM
NewsNikita Nikitin (foot) participated in Wednesday's morning skate.
Shawn Mitchell on Twitter
ImpactNikitin also took part in Tuesday's practice. Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards thinks he might end up using Nikitin in Thursday's preseason contest.
Nikita Nikitin might play in Thursday's game | 09/25/2013 8:40 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin (foot) took part in Tuesday's practice.
ImpactNikitin was struck in the foot by the puck during a preseason game on Sept. 18. There's a chance that Nikitin will play in Thursday's contest. "Nikki's not ready yet," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "We've got to get his conditioning back up. I don't know if we're going to get a chance for a really good practice but if he's talking about (playing on) Thursday then tomorrow we would probably push him a little bit harder just to see if he can handle it."
Nikita Nikitin still out of action with foot | 09/23/2013 7:28 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin missed practice on Sunday with a foot injury.
ImpactNikitin has been out of action since Tuesday after he took a shot of his foot in a preseason game. He had three goals and nine points in 38 games last season. Look for a five goal, 20 point season in 2013-14 for the blueliner.
Nikita Nikitin battling a minor foot injury | 09/20/2013 8:21 AM
NewsNikita Nikitin is dealing with a foot injury after being hit by the puck during Tuesday's preseason contest.
ImpactNikitin doesn't have a fractured bone, so this is expected to be a short-term problem. He had three goals and nine points in 38 games last season.
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.
|12/31/2014||Edm||Cgy||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/22/2014||Edm||Chi||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||1||4 times-last:at Col||last:Mar 30||1|
|Assists||1||6 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Mar 21||2|
|Points||1||10 times-last:at Col||last:Mar 30||2|
|Penalty Minutes||4||at Bos||Nov 6||4|
|Plus/Minus||4||vs. Car||Oct 24||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:at Wsh||last:Jan 20||0|
|Power Play Points||1||3 times-last:at Wsh||last:Jan 20||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||42 times-last:at LA||last:Apr 2||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||42 times-last:at LA||last:Apr 2||0|
|Shots||7||vs. CBJ||Mar 18||4|
|Penalty Minutes||20||2013-14 (CBJ)|
|Power Play Goals||3||2011-12 (StL/CBJ)|
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