Nikita Nikitin

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Nikita Nikitin
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Nikitin at the 2014 Edmonton Oilers training camp
Born (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 30)
Omsk, Russian SFSR, URS
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free agent
Avangard Omsk
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
Edmonton Oilers
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 136th overall, 2004
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2002–present

Nikita Aleksandrovich Nikitin (Russian: Никита Александрович Никитин; born 16 June 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenseman that played for the St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently an unrestricted free agent.

Nikitin with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013

Playing career[edit]

Nikitin spent his junior career skating in the Avangard Omsk hockey system. He was a regular on Russia’s under-18 and under-20 national squads and spent several seasons skating in the professional Russian Superleague (RSL) with Avangard, establishing himself as a strong Superleague-calibre defenceman.

Nikitin was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the 136th overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.[1] On 14 June 2010, he was signed by the Blues to an entry-level NHL contract.[2] He scored his first NHL goal on 6 February 2011 against Dan Ellis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was traded on 10 November 2011, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenceman Kris Russell.[3]

After Columbus agreed to give the Edmonton Oilers permission to negotiate with Nikitin on 20 June 2014, Nikitin and Edmonton agreed to a two-year deal worth an annual average value of $4.5 million, and his rights were traded to Edmonton on 25 June, where he immediately signed the new contract.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Avangard Omsk RSL 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Avangard Omsk RSL 16 0 0 0 4 6 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Avangard Omsk RSL 41 1 2 3 24 13 1 2 3 6
2006–07 Avangard Omsk RSL 54 1 15 16 101 11 0 5 5 39
2007–08 Avangard Omsk RSL 57 3 10 13 48 4 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Avangard Omsk KHL 53 4 11 15 28 9 1 2 3 8
2009–10 Avangard Omsk KHL 43 4 9 13 14 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 41 1 8 9 10
2010–11 Peoria Rivermen AHL 22 3 11 14 12
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 7 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 54 7 25 32 14
2012–13 Avangard Omsk KHL 33 2 12 14 8
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
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 42 4 6 10 12
2015–16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 30 1 13 14 0
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 0 1 1 8
NHL totals 259 17 59 76 85 5 0 0 0 0
KHL totals 129 10 32 42 50 12 1 2 3 8

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Russia WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 0 0 6
2012 Russia WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 0 4 4 4
Junior totals 6 0 0 0 6
Senior totals 10 0 4 4 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NIKITA NIKITIN". St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Blues Sign Defenseman Nikita Nikitin". National Hockey League. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Blue Jackets trade Russell for Nikitin". Fox Sports. 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Oilers acquire Nikitin from Blue Jackets for draft pick". The Sports Network. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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