Nikita Filatov Becomes a Blue Jacket

Scott MillerAnalyst IJuly 10, 2008

Columbus Blue Jackets announce the signing of Russian superstar rookie Nikita Filatov to a three-year entry level contract.

Filatov, who plays left wing, had 66 points (32 goals, 34 assists) and 90 penalty minutes in 34 games with CSKA of the Russian Junior League this past season. 18-year old Filatov was the Blue Jackets first round choice (6th overall pick) this year.

Filatov also played for Russia in the 2008 World Junior Championships, scoring three goals and adding six assists, and ten penalty minutes (in seven games). He was also plus-seven, and led Russia to a bronze medal. He led the team in assists, points, and plus-minus.

Filatov was the top ranked European skater this year, and some even wondered if he, instead of Stamkos, would go first overall.

I wouldn't be surprised if he plays in the NHL next year, and posts good numbers. He will defiantly be a player to watch out for in future years, as he will be a key part to the Blue Jackets line-up.