The Edmonton Oilers made a trade ahead of Friday’s NHL Entry Draft, picking up a defenceman that can play on their blue-line next season.
General manager Craig MacTavish on Wednesday dealt for Nikita Nikitin, sending a fifth-round selection in this weekend’s draft to Columbus.
Nikitin reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with the Oilers with an average annual value of $4.5 million US.
The draft pick was the Blue Jackets’ that they traded to the Oilers in March for defenceman Nick Schultz.
Nikitin, 28, had two goals, 15 points and a plus-9 rating in 66 games last season.
In 158 regular-season contests with Columbus, Nikitin scored 12 goals and 56 points.
Nikitin has represented Russia several times, including the 2014 Winter Olympics, 2012 World Hockey Championship and 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship
The six-foot-four, 223-pound rearguard was a fifth-round pick (136th overall) by the St. Louis Blues in 2004. He was traded to Columbus on Nov. 11, 2011 for fellow defenceman Kris Russell.