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Name: Nikita FilatovOttawa Senators (#6/2008 NHL Draft)

Rating: 89
Height: 184cm/6'0"
Weight: 78kg/171.6 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Right
Born: 1990-05-25
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) and others (01/15/2010)
Russia skates past Finland (12/29/2009)
WJC kicks off, Russia gets the first win (12/27/2009)
WJC Final Roster (12/26/2009)
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Player News
06/30/2011 Senators give Filatov chance to put the past behind him

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Nikita Filatov (Ottawa Senators) had been awake for only a few moments on Saturday when he turned on his computer and discovered he had been traded to the Ottawa Senators. It was a bit of a surprise, but it didn't shock him. After all, about 10 days before he had asked the Columbus Blue Jackets for a "change." So, with that change now upon him, he was excited to have the chance to jumpstart his career, which has been one of unfulfilled expectations since the Blue Jackets took him sixth overall in 2008. (Ottawa Citizen article by Allen Panzeri) READ MORE
09/19/2010 Prospect Pursuit: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets)

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) has been one of the most talked about NHL prospect the past year or so, but not entirely for the skill set he brings to the ice. Many sceptics have red-flagged Filatov as an indifferent or selfish player; looking out for himself with the decision to play in Russia rather than take an AHL assignment. No matter what anyone has to say about him, since he was a child playing for CSKA Moscow, Filatov’s dream was to come to North America to play in the top league in the world. While the Ken Hitchcock saga was overblown, there were mistakes made by both coach and player, and neither side could move on. So in the end, they both left the organization, though in Filatov’s case it was only temporary as he returns to Columbus this year and looks to establish himself as an elite offensive weapon for the club. ( article by Shawn Reznik) READ MORE
16/04/2010 Prospects make Russian National Team

Sr. World Championships -  Many prospects made the roster for the two friendly matches Team Russia will play in Italy on April 23rd and 24th. Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning), Anton Khudobin (Minnesota Wild) and Sergei Bobrovsky are the goalies, with Khudobin most likely as starter. On the blue line Dmitry Kulikov (Florida Panthers) will make his first appearence, and will be joined by Vitaly Atyushov, Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens), Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators), Evgeny Biryukov, Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres), Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Evgeny Ryasensky and Nikolai Belov. The forwards corps will be led by NHLers Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo Sabres), Evgeny Artyukhin (Atlanta Thrashers), Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers) and Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs). First call for Vladimir Tarasenko and Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets). Other players are Konstantin Gorovikov, Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche), Maxim Rybin , Evgeny Skachkov (St. Louis Blues), Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes), Mikhail Varnakov , Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators).
01/15/2010 Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) and others
01/07/2010 Top 5 reasons why Russia failed at WJC
12/29/2009 Russia skates past Finland
12/27/2009 WJC kicks off, Russia gets the first win
12/18/2009 Final WJC roster released
12/03/2009 Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets): "Returning to Russia was my idea"
11/22/2009 Nikita Filatov: I took the right decision
11/17/2009 Breaking news: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) back to Russia
10/29/2009 Bob Hunter commentary: Filatov is listening, and that's a big step
09/22/2009 Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) Driven to Be an NHL Star
08/09/2009 WJC Orientation camp
07/14/2009 28 players called to the WJC orientation camp
07/06/2009 Russia 2009 draft review
06/11/2009 Top 10 Russia prospects for 2009
04/01/2009 Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets) recalled
03/20/2009 One on one with Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets)
01/06/2009 Blue Jackets recall Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets)
01/06/2009 Russia tops Slovaks for bronze
01/03/2009 WJC 2009: Russia gets to the semi-finals
01/01/2009 Swedish juniors manhandle Russia
12/31/2008 WJC 2009: Russia wins third consecutive match
12/30/2008 WJC 2009: Russia beats Finland in tournament's second match
12/07/2008 Nikita Filatov's nest has multiple builders, here and in Columbus
09/14/2008 Filatov to Miss Jackets' Rookie Camp
08/18/2008 NHL Not Interested In Compensation Offers from KHL
08/04/2008 Q&A with Maxim Trunev (Montreal Canadiens)
07/17/2008 IIHF Suspends Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators), Five Other Players Transfers
07/12/2008 NHL's cold war with Russian league continues
07/12/2008 Russian 2008 draft review (Hockey's Future article)
07/08/2008 Russia wants $1.5M for Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets)
06/27/2008 Support - premium coverage now just $9.95!
06/27/2008 Over 20 players drafted from former Soviet Union
06/27/2008 Sudbury Wolves take Nikita Filatov of Russia first overall in import draft
06/23/2008 Nine Russians drafted at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
06/03/2008 Nikita Filatov (2008 NHL Entry Draft): “We’ve been preparing for this World Championships for three years”
05/24/2008 Nikita Filatov (2008 NHL Entry Draft) 's s player profile has been updated with new content
04/23/2008 WC Under-18: Russia edges Canada in classic show down.
04/17/2008 Russia strikes twice in 3rd to beat Canada at U-18 hockey worlds (
04/16/2008 Nikita Filatov (2008 NHL Entry Draft) 's career statistics updated + profile made public
04/14/2008 Player and goalie statistics added
04/08/2008 U18 Team Russia roster announced: Leader - Nikita Filatov
03/25/2008 Khimik’s farm club wins 1st league gold medal with help of Barulin and 2008 eligible youngsters
02/05/2008 2008 NHL Entry Draft RP Rankings Released!
01/29/2008 Team Russia coaching staff announces U18 roster for Finland
01/16/2008 Russia tops Swiss in opaque performance
10/20/2007 Kirill Petrov (2008 Draft) shift by shift report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game)
06/24/2007 Russia announces preliminary U20 roster 1972 anniversary tournament
Scouting Evaluations:
Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) and others
Russia skates past Finland
WJC kicks off, Russia gets the first win
WC Under-18: Russia edges Canada in classic show down.
Bronze Medal Game: Russia crashes USA and grabs the third place
Bronze Medal Game: Russia crashes USA and grabs the third place
2008 WJC semifinals: Russia surrenders to Sweden
2008 WJC semifinals: Russia surrenders to Sweden
Russia tops Czech Republic and gets into the semi-finals
2008 WJC: Russia tops Swiss in an opaque performance with a thrilling final
2008 WJC: Russia edges Finland 7-4 in WJC opener
Kiril Petrov shift by shift detailed scouting report (Ak Bars vs. Lokomotiv game)
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 1: #1
Rank 2: #1
Talent Analysis:

Scout 1: A flashy, exciting winger with excellent skating abilities…has already declared that he wants to play in North America as soon as possible…is fluent in English…effortless skater with great acceleration and excellent top-speed…is agile on skates, with or without the puck…avoids physical play, but is improving…has enough strength to play against men, even if he could and should gain some mass…he can play hard if he wants to, just this isn’t his style…works hard all the shifts…has to work on the defensive side, but is not one dimensional…doesn’t avoid to play through the traffic…great hands, fine stick handling…good puck carrier through the neutral and offensive zone…great acceleration with the puck on the stick, very effective on counter attacks and breakaway…extremely good hockey sense, he effectively move on the ice and sees well his line mates…good passing ability, not a playmaker, but can give the puck right on the tape…quick, strong wrist shot, snaps the shot very well too…doesn’t use too much the slapper…has all the tools to be a NHL star winger, his suitability to the North American play his one of his best assets

Scout 2: A talented scoring forward who is capable of creating offensive chances for himself and his linemates. Possesses excellent skating ability and a very quick top gear. An above average puckhandler, but is not as effective in traffic and this is something that he has been working and improving over the past season. Hasn’t yet filled in his 6’0 frame, though has gained about 7-10 pounds of bulk over the past season. Does not have a strong physical presence and will likely continue developing and becoming more capable of handling physical pressure, but will not likely ever be able to dish it out at the same level due to his size limitations. Has a very dangerous wrist shot and very soft hands – capable of making very precise passes. Defensively tries to help, but is marginal in his own zone, preferring to break out into an offensive rush. Overall a very talented forward who continues to improve every year and doesn’t hesitate to take on challenges.

Back In Russia:

Nikita Filatov is the product of the CSKA Moscow hockey system. The talented young forward has been one of the club’s shining young stars, excelling within the system since he was 13 years old. 2005-06 season: Filatov made his debut on CSKA’s junior farm club CSKA 2 at just the age of 15 during the 2005-06 season. That same season he shined for CSKA’s 1988-89 born squad. That same season Filatov made his national team debut, skating on Russia’s newly formed 1990 born team. He didn’t start off strong, but it was the start of a strong and successful international career. 2006-07 season: During the 2006-07 season, Filatov further showed his dominance in Russia’s junior hockey league, averaging more than 3 points per game. He also came into his own on Russia’s 1990 DOB national team, becoming the team’s leading scorer on many occasions. Finally, he then helped Russia earn the gold medals at the U18 World Junior Championships, leading the squad in points and only being second on the team in goals to Alexei Cherepanov. This was especially impressive when considering that he joined the team one year early and will again skated for squad the following season. 2007-08 season: Filatov continued his dominance at the junior levels, performing well with CSKA 2 and on Russia’s U18 and U20 squads. His performance on the U20 squad was especially impressive, since Filatov was one of the youngest players and that did not prevent him from being one of the brightest stars. He again finished as Russia’s top point getter and second sniper just a goal behind Viktor Tikhonov. In Russia, Filatov made his Super League debut to fill in on the fourth line, but he did not stick with the already established high powered squad and only skated 5 games for CSKA’s main club team.

NHL Outlook:

Nikita Filatov is eligible for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The young prospect has impressive array of skills and is also a technical skater with a high top speed. His offensive potential have made him one of the top draft eligible players and he has all but backed this up with impressive performances at the U18 and U20 World Junior Championships. His lack of Super League experience is a bit concerning in regards to his long term potential, as he has not yet been tested against veteran adult players, but this does not seem to discourage NHL clubs from picking promising young players early. Filatov has talked about coming over to North America this coming summer and if he commits to this statement, he will likely also not be hurt by the lack of a transfer agreement between Russia and the NHL. Still, considering the rift, he will likely be a 10-15 selection rather than a top ten pick where he belongs. Ruslan Bashkirov did not help matters, since he skated a season prior to the draft in the Canadian juniors, but then left just after the draft to play in Russia, despite promises of sticking it out in North America. Filatov is different though, since he is fluent in English and has no apparent problems acclimating to the North American culture or ice surface.
RP Draft Projection: #10-15 overall section

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2009-10 U20 Team Russia (90) U20 WJC (Intl.)6 1 5 6 6 +3
2008-09 7 U20 WJC (Intl.)8 3 6 9 3
2007-08 CSKA 2 1st League (Jr.) (Playoffs)9 11 7 18 28 -
2007-08 CSKA Moscow Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 CSKA Moscow Super League (Reg.)5 0 0 0 0 -2
2007-08 CSKA 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 U18 Team Russia (90) U18 World Junior Championships (Intl.)6 3 6 9 29 +1
2007-08 U18 Team Russia (90) Invitational World Cup (Canada) (Intl.)4 3 3 6 10 -
2007-08 U18 Team Russia (90) Ivan Hlinka Mem. Tourn. (Intl.)4 2 1 3 8 -1
2007-08 U18 Team Russia 5 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)4 4 4 8 8 +2
2007-08 U20 Team Russia (88) U20 World Junior Championships (Reg.)7 4 5 9 10 +7
2006-07 CSKA (Moscow) 2 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Team Moscow (90) Regional Tourn. (Intl.)4 1 1 2 2 -3
2006-07 CSKA Moscow (89) Jr. League (Reg.)11 16 16 32 20 -
2006-07 U17 Team Russia (90) U17 Jr. Olympics (Spain) (Intl.)3 4 2 6 2 +7
2006-07 U17 Team Russia (90) 5 Nations Tourn. (Tyumen) (Intl.)3 2 2 4 2 +2
2006-07 U17 Team Russia (90) U17 Intl. Tourn. (USA) (Intl.)4 7 2 9 4 -
2006-07 U18 Team Russia (89) Intl. Tourn. (Intl.)7 4 5 9 6 +4
2005-06 CSKA (Moscow) (90) Jr. League (Reg.)27 32 34 66 71 -
2005-06 Team Moscow (90) Regional Tourn. (Intl.)5 3 1 4 6 +7
2005-06 CSKA Moscow (88) Jr. League (Finals)7 5 5 10 4 +13
2004-05 CSKA (Moscow) (90) Jr. League (Reg.)28 40 38 78 34 -
2004-05 CSKA (Moscow) (90) Spartak Cup (Intl.)5 4 3 7 4 -
2004-05 CSKA (Moscow) (90) Team Moscow (90) (Finals)6 6 7 13 4 -
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