Fresh off his stellar performance at the world junior hockey championship, teenager Nikita Filatov is getting another crack at the NHL.
The 18-year-old Russian was recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday from the team's AHL affiliate in Syracuse.
Filatov, selected sixth overall by Columbus in last spring's NHL draft, racked up 11 points in seven games at the world juniors in Ottawa. His eight goals — including a pair in the bronze medal game to lead Russia to a 5-2 win over Slovakia on Monday — matched Canada's John Tavares for the tournament lead.
Filatov made his NHL debut earlier this season for Columbus, scoring with his first shot on net. But that's all the points he managed in four games before being sent down to Syracuse, where he has 17 points (seven goals) in 23 games.