Nikitin at the 2014 Edmonton Oilers training camp
June 16, 1986 |
Omsk, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||136th overall, 2004
St. Louis Blues
Nikita Aleksandrovich Nikitin (Russian: Никита Александрович Никитин; born June 16, 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. Nikitin was born in Omsk, Russia.
Nikitin spent his junior career skating in the HC Avangard Omsk hockey system. The young defenseman was a regular on Russia’s U18 and U20 national squads. He spent several seasons skating in the professional Russian Super League with Avangard Omsk and established himself as a strong Super League caliber defenseman.
Nikitin was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the 136th overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. On June 14, 2010, Nikitin was signed by the Blues to an entry-level NHL contract. He scored his first NHL goal on February 6, 2011 against Dan Ellis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was traded on November 10, 2011, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Kris Russell.
After Columbus agreed to give the Edmonton Oilers permission to talk to Nikitin on June 20, 2014, Nikitin and Edmonton agreed to a 2-year deal worth an annual average value of $4.5M and his rights were traded to Edmonton on June 25, where he immediately signed the new contract.
Regular season and playoffs
|2010–11||St. Louis Blues||NHL||41||1||8||9||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||7||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||54||7||25||32||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||38||3||6||9||17||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||66||2||13||15||20||5||0||0||0||0|
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