'Really excited' Filatov skates in Ottawa

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

OTTAWA - Nikita Filatov is moving on.

The highly skilled Russian winger obtained by the Senators from the Columbus Blue Jackets last week refused to badmouth his former organization on his first day in Ottawa.

He said, in fact, that former coach Ken Hitchcock taught him a lot, especially on the defensive side of the game.

It's widely known that the 21-year old Filatov and the Blue Jackets were headed for a divorce when the trade was made.

"I'm just really excited and happy to be here," Filatov, the sixth overall pick in the 2008 entry draft, said Wednesday at Scotiabank Place. "I don't really want to say anything about Columbus. It's a new time now, new team, so just new thoughts."

Filatov will be given every opportunity for at a Top 6 job with the Senators if he works hard, assistant GM Tim Murray said.

Filatov was on the Sensplex Ice with only skating coach Marc Power Wednesday. He'll be in town until Friday, when he rejoins his family in the Dominican Republic for a flight back to Moscow.


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