Nikita Filatov: “I might stay in KHL for one more year” (Photo © khl.ru)
Nikita Filatov, who was loaned to CSKA Moscow by the Columbus Blue Jackets, keeps on doing great in the KHL. He played 4 games so far and amassed 8 points, scoring 4 goals and giving 4 assists. Filatov also managed to set a new KHL record, scoring 3 game-winning goals in 3 matches in a row.
RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation of his interview published by Sovetskiy Sport, which he gave after yesterday’s game against Spartak.
– One can see that now you are playing as if you had wings on your back. Is it because you don’t have to focus so much on defence in CSKA as you had to in Columbus?
– Yes, it is. But I wouldn’t say that I spend all my time in the offensive zone, I don’t forget about the defence too. The defence was the only thing I had been thinking about in the NHL for 1.5 years…
– But nevertheless you intend to return to the NHL next year. What can CSKA do to make you stay?
– The one thing I’m not thinking about right now is where I will spend next year. But I wouldn’t exclude the possibility of staying in CSKA.
A few days before Filatov wrote in his conference on allhockey.ru, answering if there was a chance of him staying in Russia after this season:
I highly doubt it. But Ken Hitchkok can really help it.
I think that Nikita is an amazing player!