The NHL won’t have Nikita Filatov to kick around anymore


Nikita Filatov, we hardly knew ye.

The former Blue Jackets draft bust and Senators forward disappointment will be staying in Russia for the next two seasons. According to the team website for Salavat Yulaev in the KHL, Filatov has signed a two-year deal with the team (link in Russian).

Filatov started this season with the Ottawa Senators looking to make something of his career in the NHL, but did not live up to expectations and rather than work on his game in the AHL all over again, was allowed to go to Russia where he played for CSKA this season.

The former sixth overall selection of the Blue Jackets in 2008 has been nothing but a disappointment in North America playing in 53 games over parts of four seasons amassing just six goals and eight assists. With CSKA this season he had four goals and four assists in 18 games. While he might come back someday to the NHL, right now that possibility doesn’t seem likely.