Nikitin has a BOMB for a shot. He will get his points. Really good at moving the puck as well.
As far as defensively, he is solid on his man and makes a good first pass. The problem with the guy is his positioning is GARBAGE. He basically deflects shots into his own net. He has no idea what to do when the opposing team has the puck in his defensive zone.
Other than that one big flaw, he is actually an effective player. I think the Blues come away well, but you have a great 3rd pairing, decent 2nd pairing d-man.
Anyone want to give me more about Russel? He seems to have given us fits over the last few years but don't know the whole story.