Filatov has a big weekend in Bingo

If the Ottawa Senators want to find out whether or not Nikita Filatov is an NHL player or not, they might want to get him back to the NHL soon.

Filatov has a big weekend in Bingo
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

If the Ottawa Senators want to find out whether or not Nikita Filatov is an NHL player or not, they might want to get him back to the NHL soon.

Count me among those who found the decision to send the speedy Russian to the AHL after two games this season a little premature.

Filatov didn’t stand out in camp and apparently ran afoul of coach Paul MacLean in his short stint here, however, so he got another taste of life on the bus over the weekend.

Here are his numbers since:

Oct. 14 vs. Syracuse: 2 G, 1 A, +1, five shots
Oct. 15 at Wilkes-Barre: 0 G, 0 A, even, one shot
Oct. 16 at Albany: 1 G, 0 A, +2, four shots

The Senators are expected to struggle to score this season. After an unexpected offensive outburst in the first three games (12 goals), the team has been held to one goal in each of its last two contests.

Before people accuse me of arguing this kid is a panacea to currently fictional scoring woes, let me acknowledge that Filatov is an unproven asset who has never demonstrated he belongs in the big league full time. But he is also only 21 years old and three years removed from being selected sixth overall. But wouldn’t the Senators like to know sooner, rather than later, if he can play here?

Here’s our poll question for the day:

Should Nikita Filatov be playing in the NHL?

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