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11-10-2011, 10:24 PM
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Nikitin has a good shot, pretty decent vision, and can pass well. Not surprisingly, he can play a puck control game when the situation calls for it. Can chip in on the PP as well. Has size and doesn't shy away from contact. Decent gap control and stickwork. Generally good outlet passes.

He still needs work on his defensive coverage reads...moreso around the net than off the rush. Has a tendency to screen his goalie trying to block shots. Average speed at best, so needs to keep his feet moving to be effective without the puck.

A third pairing guy with some offensive/PP potential.

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