Turns out, Nikita Filatov isn’t going away quietly, after all.
Filatov, who is expected to meet with Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray to discuss his future within the organization — whether he stays in North America or goes back home to play in the Kontinental Hockey League — scored a goal and two assists as the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 5-2 on Thursday.
Filatov now has three goals and three assists in his past two games. It’s only two games, but Filatov is showing the scoring touch the organization has been looking for when they acquired him from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third round draft choice at the NHL entry draft in June.
At the very least, Filatov can show off something tangible to Murray in his bid to get back to the NHL. He now has seven goals and five assists in 13 games with Binghamton. In his six games with the Senators earlier this season, he didn’t do much of anything, registering only assist and struggled in his own end.