Archive for nikita filatov

Filatov vs Umberger

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , on September 25, 2010 by davepoleck

I think the success of Nikita Filatov this season depends on where RJ Umberger is placed in the lineup. For the past few seasons in Columbus, Umberger has been getting top six minutes alongside Rick Nash and Kristian Huselius. Filatov on the other hand, struggled last season to even crack the lineup most nights, and headed back to mother Russia to play in the KHL.

Umberger recorded a career high of 55 points last season while playing in all situations for the Jackets. The key here is that he can play in all situations; Umberger is just as effective playing on the third line shut down role as he is playing top six minutes. While Filatov has stressed that he has improved his defensive game, he will clearly be most successful playing an offensive role. In their second preseason game, Filatov was on a line with two other first round picks, Derrick Brassard and Jakub Voracek. I expect a huge year from Voracek and if Brassard can even come close to his production from two years ago, then this would be a pretty dynamic second line.

Click ahead to see some of the sick moves that Filatov has: Continue reading


Hitchcock Fired; New Coach & GM

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 4, 2010 by davepoleck

Woooooooo! Congrats to all Blue Jacket owners who waited out the horrible run with defensive minded Hitchcock as their coach. Now we can finally see this offense fly the way it should. Ken Hitchcock, while not the official GM of the team, had a gigantic stranglehold over this organization. Scott Howson now has the room to actually become the realy GM of the Jackets. I can’t wait to see what they can do with this roster without Hitch’s grip over it. I look for big seasons from Brassard, Voracek and yes, Nikita Filatov next season.

Filatov Update

Posted in Columbus Blue Jackets, Prospect Talk with tags , on November 21, 2009 by davepoleck

Earlier today, Nikita Filatov played his first game in the KHL for CSKA Moscow; he had a goal and two assists.

A Missed Opportunity

Posted in Columbus Blue Jackets with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2009 by davepoleck

Yesterday, an elite prospect by the name of Nikita Filatov decided that he wanted to go finish the season playing in his homeland of Russia. The reason for this is mainly due to the lack of ice time and opportunity that he was receiving in Columbus. Through only 13 games played, he averaged only 8:06 on the ice. During a season where there are many rookies being given opportunities on their team’s, the 6th overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft has been stuck playing for a stubborn, defense-first coach, who has a history of being unwilling to work young talent into his system. Continue reading