Columbus Blue Jackets Sign 2008 First Round Pick Nikita Filatov
Sixth overall pick in this year's draft agrees to terms on three-year entry level contract
he Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Nikita Filatov (pronounced nih-KEE-tuh FIHL-uh-tawf) to a standard three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 10. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Filatov, 18, was the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on June 20-21. He scored 32 goals and added 34 assists for 66 points with 90 penalty minutes in 34 games with CSKA of the Russian Junior League during the 2007-08 season. He also saw action in five games with CSKA’s Russian Elite League team and represented Russia at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He tallied 4-5-9 with 10 penalty minutes and had a +7 plus/minus rating in seven games to help Team Russia capture the bronze medal. He led the team in assists, points and plus/minus rating.

"We are very pleased that Nikita has made a strong commitment to play in North America as soon as possible," said Howson. "He is a dynamic, talented player with outstanding offensive instincts. We look forward to seeing him in training camp this fall."

The Moscow, Russia native recorded 3-6-9 with 29 penalty minutes and had a +1 plus/minus rating in six games during the 2008 World Under-18 Championships as Russia took the silver medal. He was named to the tournament's All-Star Team as he led his team in assists and points. In the 2007 World Under-18 Championships, he tallied 4-5-9 with six penalty minutes and was +4 in seven games to help Russia claim the gold medal.

Deposits are now being accepted for Blue Jackets season tickets for the 2008-09 season. New 10 and 20 game plans also are available starting at $240. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.