It appears the Nikita Filatov experiment has been placed on hold in Ottawa as the 21-year-old and the team have agreed to let the winger finish out the season in his native Russia. Filatov who was traded to the Senators in exchange for a third-round pick failed to lock-up a full-time spot with the Sens and managed only 1 assist in multiple call-ups in a span of 9 games. While with the baby Sens, Filatov had 12 points (7 goals and 5 assists) in 15 games before asking to be sent on a loan to his old club CSKA Moscow.
For those who have been keeping tabs on Filatov ever since he was drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008, this would be the second time he returns to CSKA having done so with the Blue Jackets in the 09-10 season where he notched 20 points in 22 games before returning to Ohio. Despite looking better in the KHL his offense did not return as needed and after only recording 7 assists he would be sent down to the AHL for the remainder of the year.
Senators GM Brian Murray has stated he plans on tendering a qualifying offer to the soon to be restricted free agent so maybe yet another stint back in the motherland is what Filatov finally needs to breakthrough in the NHL having just notched 13 points in 46 career games since the 08-09 season.