Sens acquire Russian winger Filatov

By Allen Panzeri
ST. PAUL, Minnesota – The Senators might have found their top six forward.
In a surprise move, the Senators traded their third-round pick, 66th overall, for wayward Russian forward Nikita Filatov.
Filatov was the top-ranked European skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau and was selected sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Before he was drafted, he played for CSKA Moscow in their minor and junior hockey systems. He has played two seasons in North America, splitting time between the Blue Jackets and their previous AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
During the 2009–10 season, Filatov was unhappy with his situation in Columbus (he couldn’t play for then-coach Ken Hitchcock) and was loaned to CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the remainder of the season.
The 6-0, 190-pound winger played 36 games with Springfield last season, getting nine goals and 11 assists.
He just turned 21.

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