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11-22-2011, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by CBJ Bob View Post
No. Filatov probably should have played in the OHL but there were issues because of the lack of transfer agreeement between the CHL and the league that Niki played in back in Mother Russia. The Jackets only choices were to send him back to Russia or send him to Syracuse.
Actually, his OHL team (Sudbury Wolves) did finally get clearance for him to play, but at the time he was doing very well in Syracuse.

The Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club is pleased to announce that the IIHF has awarded the junior transfer for Russian forward Nikita Filatov to the Sudbury Wolves of the Canadian Hockey League effective today.

"We were pleased to hear the news after two months of waiting on the Filatov transfer" notes Wolves' GM Mike Foligno. "Wolves' owner Mark Burgess put a lot of time and effort into this process and he is very appreciative of the support that he received from the OHL office and Hockey Canada on the appeal process."

The Blue Jackets team management are currently assessing Filatov's
development at the AHL level and are expected to decide in the coming days whether to leave Filatov in the AHL or assign him to the Sudbury Wolves of the Canadian Hockey League.
IMO, everyone on here would have been up in arms if he had been sent to the OHL. He was doing well in Syracuse. No one thought there would be issues with him going back to Russia. Everything with Filatov seemed to be working out great.

Here's the thread on HFBoards when the Wolves got approval for the transfer:

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