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Blue Jackets trade defenceman Nikita Nikitin to Oilers for fifth-round draft pick

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Pittsburgh Penguins\' Joe Vitale, right, and Columbus Blue Jackets\' Nikita Nikitin, of Russia, chase a loose puck during the third period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets have traded Nikitin to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jay LaPrete Author: The Hockey News

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Blue Jackets trade defenceman Nikita Nikitin to Oilers for fifth-round draft pick

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded defenceman Nikita Nikitin (nih-KEE'-tuh nih-KEE'-tin) to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen (YAR'-moh kehk-uh-LEYE'-nin) announced the trade Wednesday. With the trade, Columbus re-acquired the 2014 draft pick that it had sent to Edmonton in exchange for defenceman Nick Schultz in March.

The 28-year-old Nikitin registered two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 66 games with Columbus last season. He was acquired in a trade with St. Louis in 2011. He tallied 12 goals and 44 assists for 56 points in 158 games as a Blue Jacket.

The Oilers later announced that Nikitin signed a two-year contract with the club.

A native of Omsk, Russia, Nikitin has represented his country several times including, the 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2012 World Hockey Championship and 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship.

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Blue Jackets trade defenceman Nikita Nikitin to Oilers for fifth-round draft pick