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.
I don't really care who they get rid of any more. What I do care about is GMSH using up all of our trade "assets," such as they are, and acquiring the same garbage return he has acquired to date. Trying to milk a little success out of non-prospects in hopes of saving his job. What in this guy's track record is ownership seeing that I'm missing? The only franchise I've followed worse than this one is the early 80s Cavs where the league slapped a moratorium on the owner to prevent him from making any more trades. That soon resulted in a franchise sale to a far better owner.