|Born||May 25, 1990
Moscow, Russian SFSR,
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
|NHL team (P)
|Columbus Blue Jackets
CSKA Moscow (KHL)
|NHL Draft||6th overall, 2008
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Playing career||2007 – present|
Nikita Vasilyevich Filatov (Russian: Никита Васильевич Филатов; born May 25, 1990) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), on loan from the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was the top ranked European skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau and was selected sixth overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Filatov has represented Russia in international hockey on several occasions, including two World U18 Championships, and three World Junior Championships. He served as Russia's captain for three separate tournaments.
Filatov played minor and junior hockey in the CSKA Red Army hockey system from the age of 13. During the 2005–06 season, Filatov made his debut for CSKA 2 (the club's junior farm team) at the age of 15. He continued playing in Russian junior leagues during the 2006–07 season, where he averaged more than three points per game. Filatov made his international debut for Russia during the 2006–07 season at the World Under 18 Championships
During the 2007–08 season, Filatov made his professional Super League debut with CSKA, seeing limited action in five games. He spent the majority of the season playing at the junior level in Russia, however. With his CSKA junior team, Filatov played in 23 games where he scored 23 goals and added 24 assists. Leading up to the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Filatov was the top-ranked European skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau during both their mid-term and final rankings. After the 2007–08 season, Filatov was selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 6th overall, by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Filatov was the first overall selection in the 2008 CHL Import Draft, selected by the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. Sudbury general manager (GM) Mike Foligno was comfortable with the risks of not knowing where Filatov would end up if he played the season in North America. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson would not guarantee a CHL assignment for Filatov, saying "We’ve already told Nikita that we’ll see how things go in training camp and we’ll decide what’s best for him."
After being drafted by the Blue Jackets, Filatov signed a three-year, entry level contract with the club on July 10, 2008. His signing with Columbus created some controversy within the KHL, as the league president Alexander Medvedev claimed that the Blue Jackets owed CSKA Moscow compensation of at least $1.5 million for signing Filatov. Medvedev claimed that although the term of the contract had expired, under Russian law it did not terminate until an indemnity amount had been negotiated. The Blue Jackets and Filatov believed that giving his club 30 days notice was sufficient to terminate the contract. CSKA threatened to withhold Filatov's transfer card, thus impeding his ability to play in another league, but Filatov, his lawyers and the Blue Jackets believed they had followed the necessary tenets of Russian law. Filatov's contract was one of six reviewed by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in an attempt to mediate the disputes between the KHL and NHL. During this investigation, the players were unable to play international hockey sanctioned by the IIHF. In September, the KHL dropped its opposition to Filatov's contract with the Blue Jackets, and he received his transfer.
Filatov attended training camp with the Blue Jackets, but did not make the team. He started his professional career in North America playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL). Filatov was called up to the NHL on October 15, 2008. He made his NHL debut on October 17, 2008, and scored his first NHL goal in his first game against the Nashville Predators. For the rest of the 2008–09 season, Filatov split time between the AHL's Crunch and the NHL's Blue Jackets. He played 8 games with the Blue Jackets, finishing the season with 4 goals, including a hat trick against the Minnesota Wild. Filatov was the first Blue Jackets rookie to record a hat trick. Filatov finished the season having played 39 games with the Crunch in the AHL scoring 16 goals and adding 16 assists. He was named as a starter for the PlanetUSA team in the 2009 AHL All-Star Game.
At the start of the 2009–10 NHL season, Filatov made the Blue Jackets roster out of training camp. In the Blue Jackets first 19 games, Filatov was a healthy scratch for 6 of them. Filatov was unhappy with his ice time and role on the team under head coach Ken Hitchcock, and requested to be transferred back to his Russian club team. The Blue Jackets agreed to transfer him back to CSKA Moscow of the KHL for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. This arrangement was the result of direct dealings between the Blue Jackets and CSKA Moscow, where Filatov is paid by the Russian club, and the Blue Jackets retain his rights. Shortly after his return to Russia, Filatov was named the KHL's Rookie of the Week after scoring four goals in four games. Initial statements by both sides had Filatov returning to Columbus after the 2009–10 season, but since he started playing in Russia, Filatov has been less clear about his intentions for the 2010–11 season, stating "I hope I’ll be back next year, but right now, it’s really hard to say because it will again be a tough decision." Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson has not commented on Filatov's stance, except to say that he expects Filatov to be at the team's training camp prior to the 2010–11 season.
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Russia|
|World Junior Championships|
|Bronze||2008 Czech Rep.|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
Filatov has played extensively for Russia's national teams, first in age-group competitions, and later internationally. His first IIHF competition for Russia was the 2007 U18 Championships held in Finland. Russia won a gold medal in that tournament, and Filatov contributed four goals and five assists in seven games, as an underaged player in the tournament. He led the Russian team in total points, and only trailed Alexei Cherepanov in goals scored. After this tournament, he was selected as one of Russia's three best players as chosen by the coaches. Filatov made a second appearance at the Under-18 World Championships the following season. The 2008 U18 Championships was held in Russia. Filatov captained this team to a silver medal. During the tournament, Filatov scored three goals and added six assists. He was named to the tournament all-star team.
Filatov made his debut with Russia's Under-20 junior squad at the 2008 World Junior Championships, which were held in the Czech Republic. During the tournament, he scored four goals and added 5 assists. Again Filatov led the Russian squad in total points and trailed only Viktor Tikhonov in goals scored. The Russian team captured the bronze medal at this tournament, defeating the United States 4–2 in the final. Filatov scored two goals in the bronze medal game, and was named Russia's best player of the game, as awarded by the IIHF.
Filatov was released from the AHL's Syracuse Crunch to participate in the 2009 World Junior Championships, which were held in Ottawa, Ontario. Filatov served as Russia's captain for the tournament. In seven games at the tournament, Filatov scored eight goals and added three assists, which tied him for fourth in tournament scoring. The Russian team again captured the bronze medal, this time by defeating Slovakia by a score of 5–2. During the tournament, Filatov was named best player of the game for a preliminary round game against Finland and also for the bronze medal game against Slovakia. After this tournament, Filatov was named to the Tournament All-Star Game.
After returning to Russia early in the 2009–10 season, Filatov had the opportunity to compete in a third World Junior Championship at the 2010 World Junior Championships which were held in Saskatchewan, Canada. As in 2009, Filatov served as Russia's team captain. The tournament was a disappointment for the Russians, as they lost to Switzerland in the quarterfinals. During preliminary round play, Filatov was named best player for Team Russia for their game against Finland. Prior to the fifth place game against the Czech Republic, Filatov was stripped of his captaincy and replaced by teammate Kirill Petrov. Filatov clashed with Russian head coach Vladimir Plyushchev in the aftermath of the tournament, with Plyushchev claiming a lack of leadership on Filatov's part and Filatov claiming a lack of guidance and coaching on Plyushchev's part.
Filatov's parents are named Slava and Yelena. Filatov spoke fluent English prior to being drafted, due in large part to his mother, a teacher who gave him lessons at home. When he started playing professional hockey in North America for the Syracuse Crunch, his mother moved over for several weeks to help him get acclimated in his new surroundings.
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||8||4||0||4||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||13||2||0||2||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||33||20||24||44||57|
|World U18 Championships Top Three Player for Team Russia||2007|
|World U18 Championships Tournament All Star Team||2008|
|World Junior Championships Player of the Game||2008 vs. United States
2009 vs. Finland
2009 vs. Slovakia
2010 vs. Finland
|World Junior Championships Tournament All Star Team||2009|
|KHL Rookie of the Week||Week of November 22, 2009|