Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/11/11
COLUMBUS, OHIO The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Nikita Nikitin from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Kris Russell, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight. Nikitin, 25, has collected four penalty minutes in seven games with St. Louis this season. The 6-3, 217-pound native of Omsk, Russia made his NHL debut with the Blues in 2010-11, collecting one goal and eight assists for nine points with 10 penalty minutes and a 1 plusminus rating in 41 games. He also tallied 3-11-14, 12 penalty minutes and was 1 in 22 American Hockey League games with the Peoria Rivermen during his first season playing in North America. St. Louis fifth pick, 136th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Nikitin (pronounced nih-KEE-tihn) registered 13-48-61 with 213 penalty minutes and a 9 plusminus rating in 262 career games in the Russian Elite League and KHL with Avangard Omsk from 2004-10. He also represented Russia at...
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