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Friday, October 3, 2014

Oilers Injury Update: Nikita Nikitin suffers ankle injury, out 1-2 weeks

By on 10/03/2014 09:00:00 AM

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Nikita Nikitin will miss the start of the regular season with an ankle injury, as reported by Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. He's expected to be out 1-2 weeks after twisting his ankle in Thursday night's preseason game.

The 28-year-old yound d-man signed with the Oilers in the offseason after his rights were traded to the team by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Last season, Nikitin appeared in 66 games for the Blue Jackets, scoring two goals and getting 13 assists. He finished with a decent plus-9 rating and averaged just over 17 minutes per game.

This isn't his first ankle injury, as Nikitin also suffered an ankle injury just about a year ago as well. Although the team has stated he should be back in two weeks, an ailing ankle is always tough for hockey players.

The Oilers are hoping Nikitin could come in and play a solid defensive role for the team. He’s been playing with Mark Fayne throughout the preseason and training camp. The team has been at the bottom of the standings for the past several years. Defense and goaltending have been an issue for them, and only time will tell if Nikitin can help this team get back on track. The Oilers open up the season on October 9 at home against their provincial rivals, the Calgary Flames.

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