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Nikita Nikitin | Defenseman

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
Contract: view contract details

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Nikita Nikitin has cleared waivers and will now be sent to the AHL.
The Oilers placed Nikitin on waivers on Saturday, but as expected, he went unclaimed. The 29-year-old is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.5 million this season. Even though he's been demoted, he will still count for $3.55 million on Edmonton's salary cap. Oct 4 - 1:59 PM

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After reportedly failing to find a trade partner for him, the Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Nikita Nikitin on waivers on Saturday.

It would be highly surprising if a team claimed Nikitin, who's especially damaged goods at a $4.5M cap hit. The 29-year-old experienced a middling 2014-15 season from a fantasy standpoint among other views, managing 10 points and a -12 rating in 42 games.
Oct 3 - 12:12 PM

Nikita Nikitin will not play in Saturday's tilt with Calgary due to an undisclosed injury. He's considered day-to-day.

It's been an agonizing season for Nikitin who's been limited by injury and ineffective play all season long. He's seen just 42 games and has posted 10 points, 12 PIMs, 21 hits, and 49 blocks during that time.
Apr 4 - 7:43 PM

Nikita Nikitin (undisclosed) was able to play on Monday.

Nikitin was questionable after blocking a shot on Friday. He scored a goal in Edmonton's 4-1 win over Colorado.
Mar 31 - 1:52 AM

Nikita Nikitin was hobbling after Friday's game as he blocked a shot.

X-rays turned out to be negative but he could be questionable for Monday's game against Colorado as he missed practice on Saturday. Stay tuned.
Mar 29 - 8:54 AM

Nikita Nikitin will indeed return from a shoulder injury on Wednesday night.

He has been sidelined since Jan. 29 and he has eight points in 34 games this season. Niktin shouldn't be on your fantasy radar. He appears to be replacing Keith Aulie in the lineup.
Mar 18 - 1:36 PM

Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) won't play Monday, but he's expected to return on Wednesday.

"He's in good shape," interim coach Todd Nelson said. "I like the way he's moving out there. It's more or less just him feeling comfortable in battle situations. Last week, he tweaked it a little bit on the road and it's not quite ready." Nikitin hasn't suited up for the Oilers since Jan. 29.
Mar 16 - 5:22 PM

Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) will be held out of the lineup again Monday.

Nikitin will not return Monday versus the Maple Leafs but is expected to return Wednesday night. Nikitin hasn't played since Jan. 29 and has three goals and eight points in 34 games this season.
Mar 16 - 9:32 AM

Nikita Nikitin responded to Oilers GM Craig MacTavish's suggestion that the defenseman wasn't in the best shape at the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

"I don't know, I was in shape," Nikitin said. "I was in good shape. That was never a problem." Nikitin has been limited to 34 games in 2014-15 and is currently on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury. He won't play Thursday, but he might be back Friday.
Mar 12 - 10:59 AM

Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) isn't expected to play Thursday.

However, he may be available for Friday's contest at Columbus.
Mar 11 - 2:48 PM

Nikita Nikitin skated in practice for the first time since injuring his shoulder a month ago.

Nikitin was wearing a yellow non-contact jersey so he is still not close to returning. Nikitin is hoping to return in a couple of weeks so stay tuned.
Feb 28 - 7:07 AM

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Nikita Nikitin is expected to miss about four-to-six weeks with a shoulder injury.

Nikitin hasn't been a good investment for fantasy owners (or the Oilers in reality), so this is really only bad news for Nikitin himself. It's been a rough first season for him in Edmonton, to say the least.
Jan 31 - 2:34 PM

Nikita Nikitin is expected to miss a significant amount of time with a shoulder injury.

Just how much time isn't clear, but there's only about two and a half months left in the season to begin with. Nikitin has three goals and eight points in 34 games in 2014-15. Keith Aulie, who has been a healthy scratch for the better part of the season, will re-enter the lineup and play alongside Mark Fayne.
Jan 30 - 2:54 PM

Nikita Nikitin scored a goal in a 5-4 shootout win against Washington on Tuesday.

Nikitin has three goals and five assists in 32 contests this season. He had 32 points in 2011-12, but he hasn't done nearly that well since. We can't recommend owning him in standard leagues at this time.
Jan 21 - 10:48 AM

Nikita Nikitin (back) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.

Nikitin hasn't played since Dec. 3 because of his back problem. To make room for him, the Oilers have sent Brad Hunt down to the minors. Nikitin is projected to play alongside Justin Schultz in Tuesday's game against Los Angeles.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 04:09:00 PM

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