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Nikita Nikitin D
Height/Weight: 6-3/217 | Birthdate: 6/16/1986 | Birthplace: Omsk, Russia, USSR | Team: Edmonton Oilers | College: None | NHL Experience: 4 | Salary: $1,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 3/1 | Average Draft Position: 267.82
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6/25/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Oilers Sign Nikitin To Two-Year Deal

News: The Oilers have signed Nikita Nikitin to a two-year, $9 million deal, the Edmonton Journal reports.
Analysis: With Nikita Nikitin, whose rights Edmonton had acquired from Columbus, in the fold, the Oilers will return the Blue Jackets' fifth-round draft pick they'd previously acquired at the trade deadline for Nick Schultz. The 28-year-old Nikitin adds size and valuable experience to the Oilers' blue line, but coming off a season in which he recorded 15 points and 20 PIM in 66 games, he's only an option in deeper fantasy formats.

6/20/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Nikitin Conditionally Traded To Edmonton

News: Nikita Nikitin has been conditionally traded to Edmonton, according to the Edmonton Journal.
Analysis: Apparently the teams have agreed to the trade and are just working on the compensation, or the trade may not be official until Nikita Nikitin signs a contract with Edmonton. As of now, Nikitin is scheduled to be a free agent July 1. Nikitin played 66 games for Columbus last season but was in jeopardy of losing his roster spot so he was deemed expendable by the Blue Jackets.

6/12/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Likely To Test Market

News: The Blue Jackets haven't had any contract discussions with Nikita Nikitin, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: The unrestricted free agent is coming off a season in which he had just two goals and 15 points in 66 games with a plus-9 rating. Nikita Nikitin should be able to land an NHL job on someone's blue line, although likely not in a top-four role.

4/28/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Sidelined

News: Nikita Nikitin (unspecified injury) won't play Monday against the Penguins, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: With Nikita Nikitin -- who did not record a point in the first five games of the series -- unavailable, Nick Schultz will slot back into the Blue Jackets' lineup for Monday's Game 6.

4/12/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Returning Saturday

News: Nikita Nikitin (lower body) will return for Saturday's game against the Panthers, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports.
Analysis: With Nikita Nikitin back in for the first time since April 1, both Ryan Murray (knee) and Nick Schultz will be scratched. Nikitin has just 15 points in 65 games this season, but he's been a steady presence on the Columbus blue line.

4/6/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Set To Miss Third Straight

News: Nikita Nikitin (lower body) looks to be out of the lineup Sunday against the Islanders.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin didn't take part as a member of any of the Blue Jackets' top three defensive pairing at the morning skate, a likely indication he'll be absent from the lineup. He's missed the previous two games due to the lower-body injury.

4/4/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Out Friday

News: Nikita Nikitin (lower body) did not take the ice for pregame warmups Friday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: It's unclear how Nikita Nikitin suffered the injury, but regardless, he'll miss a second consecutive game.

4/2/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Out For Thursday

News: Nikita Nikitin will miss Thursday's game due to a lower-body injury, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: There's no word on how Nikita Nikitin suffered the injury, so it's probably best to just consider him day-to-day for the time being. The blueliner has recorded two goals and 13 assists in 65 games on the season, and is expected to be replaced by either Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon in the lineup.

3/10/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Likely In Monday

News: Nikita Nikitin (head) is expected to play Monday against the Stars.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin took part in morning skate without limitations and should be safe for fantasy owners to use Monday. He was sidelined just one game on account of the head injury.

3/9/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Could Play On Monday

News: Niktin (head) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Stars, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin sat out Saturday's game against the Preds, but he appears to have a decent shot to play Monday after skating again on Sunday.

3/8/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Doubtful Saturday

News: Nikita Nikitin (upper body) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Predators but may be able to return for Monday's game against the Stars.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin sustained an upper-body injury during Thursday's game and was not able to return to that contest. He traveled with the Blue Jackets to Nashville and is considered day-to-day.

3/6/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Traveling To Nashville

News: Nikita Nikitin (upper body) will travel to Nashville for Saturday's game against the Predators, and the veteran defenseman will be evaluated Friday, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin left Thursday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return, but he apparently has a chance to be ready by Saturday. With 15 points (two goals) and 18 PIM through 56 games, he hasn't exactly been a fantasy stud this season.

3/6/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Suffers Injury

News: Nikita Nikitin sustained an upper body injury and will not return to Thursday's game, the Blue Jackets' official Twitter account reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin took a forearm to the chin, which will prevent him from finishing Thursday's contest. With him out, the Blue Jackets are currently down to five defensemen.

2/10/2014

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Nikita Nikitin

Offense Vanishing For Jackets' Nikitin

News: Nikita Nikitin enters the Winter Olympic break with just one point and a minus-6 rating over his last 10 contests.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin might have inspired some optimism that he was turning the corner with back-to-back two-point games in mid-January, but the performances have instead been bookended by large scoring droughts. He averages just over a hit and a block per game, so he hasn't exactly been a standout in other categories to make up for his lack of scoring.

12/21/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Columbus' Nikitin: Slump, Slump And More Slump

News: Nikita Nikitin picked up two assists in Saturday's win over the Flyers. He now has points in back-to-back games (three assists total).
Analysis: He'd been mired in a 10-game point slump prior to this two-game output. He hasn't even caught a whiff of the success he bottled in 2011-12 when he delivered 32 points in just 54 games. That season may simply have been an exception, not the rule.

11/29/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Back In Lineup Friday

News: Nikita Nikitin (lower body) will be back in the lineup Friday against the Oilers.
Analysis: After skating Thursday and Friday morning without issue, Nikita Nikitin reenters the lineup after missing one game. He'll form the top pair with Jack Johnson for Friday's game.

11/28/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Nikitin Skates With Blue Jackets

News: Nikita Nikitin (lower body) skated with the Blue Jackets on Thursday morning, the Columbus Dispatch's Shawn Mitchell reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin missed Wednesday's game with the injury, but it looks like it should only be a short-term absence for the defenseman. He could potentially play Friday against Edmonton if all goes well.

11/26/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin To Sit Wednesday

News: Nikita Nikitin (lower body) is not expected to play Wednesday against the Predators, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin saw just 5:36 of ice time before exiting Monday's game against the Maple Leafs with the injury. Fortunately, the Blue Jackets returned James Wisniewski from an illness Monday, so the team should have six healthy defensemen for Wednesday's contest.

11/25/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Suffers Lower-Body Injury

News: Nikita Nikitin left Monday's game with a lower-body injury and will not return.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin was on a roll heading into Monday's contest, with three points in his previous two games. Prior to exiting, he registered two PIM and a plus-one rating for the night.

11/23/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Nikitin Producing For Jackets

News: Nikita Nikitin assisted on one of Columbus' two goals in Friday's loss to Vancouver, giving him five points over the last six contests.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin typically grabs his points in bunches and it appears that is what's going on now. When he is healthy he can be a good option in deep leagues but be wary of his penchant for disappearing.

11/20/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Pots OT Winner

News: Nikita Nikitin notched a goal and an assist Wednesday night against the Flames.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin's goal was the winner in overtime of Wednesday's contest, and moved the blueliner's point total to seven through 17 games.

11/16/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Nikitin Grabs Assist In Loss

News: Nikita Nikitin notched an assist for the second-consecutive game on Friday, factoring into one of Columbus' goals in Friday's shootout loss to Montreal.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin is one of the league's most notoriously streaky players, but it appears he may be cresting with an assist in each of the last two games. He has offensive talent and was active in the overtime session, putting a one-timer on goal that was saved by Peter Budaj. Nikitin can be a maddening player to put on your active roster, but when he's on, he can be an asset.

11/2/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Blue Jackets' Nikitin Returns Saturday

News: Nikita Nikitin will return to the lineup Saturday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Nikita Nikitin has been a healthy scratch over the last five games.The 27-year-old defenseman has struggled this season and has just one assist through six games. There's no word yet as to whom he'll be replacing in the lineup.

10/16/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Back In Lineup Tuesday

News: Nikita Nikitin rejoined the lineup Tuesday, as it was Dalton Prout's turn to be a healthy scratch.
Analysis: As long as the Jackets are carrying seven healthy and effective defensemen, someone's going to draw the short straw every night, and Nikita Nikitin and Prout are the two most likely candidates at the moment.

10/12/2013

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Nikita Nikitin

Jackets' Nikitin Could Sit Saturday

News: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said that neither David Savard nor rookie Ryan Murray would lose his spot on the blue line when Fedor Tyutin rejoins the lineup Saturday, seemingly leaving Nikita Nikitin as the odd-man out, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Dalton Prout is also an option to be scratched, but he's been a strong physical presence on the Jackets' blue line this season. With seven viable NHL defensemen at his disposal though, Richards will likely do a lot of mixing and matching to try and keep everyone fresh unless someone plays himself into the press box.