I am fan of Salavat, so here is my opinion about Filatov.
Regular season was not good at all, but no one can say it was bad too. The team played regular in that style.
In play-off he is much better. Though his average ice-time is just 10th he is 6th by points. After Khlystov's injury he was moved to the first line, works hard from goal to goal, has 2 GWG, in last two very hard games had 2 shots on cross-bar.
I dont know how, but he started to work most of his ice-time. That was his biggest problem
Tampa seems to be real high on him (rank him on #4 in their prospect ranking from Future Watch), can somebody give Tampa fans a scouting report and what his ultimate ceiling could be? Tampa seems to see him as a possible top pairing D, as they rank him above Koekkoek and Barberio, who are seen as potential second pairing D-men.
And if there are any rumors in Russia, that he might come over, it would be nice to know as well.
He's currently in the KHL playoffs with Traktor. I think his decision about the future will strongly depend on what happens in the Traktor organisation with Kuznetsov and Nichushkin. If these two stay he'll probably stay too. And I hope it for him. Never ever I wish to see him in the CHL. The best way for developing for them young guys right now is to stay put within the KHL/MHL system until at least the age of 21-22.
I don't know if the xepectations for him are accurate. He's still to young to decide. He will be a solid 2nd pairing D-man at least I think. What he needs now is more experience against men.
I'm looking forward to the AkBars-Traktor series now and will have a lot of opportunitity to watch Nesterov. Ask me again after the series, I might have more facts by then.
Well I think the chance of Tampa drafting Nishushkin this summer is high, at least if they end with a pick between 5 and 10, so this might help him and Nishuchkin to come over and I would really like him in a Bolts sweater.