Blue Jackets place rookie forward Nikita Filatov put on IR

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed rookie centre Nikita Filatov on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 18.

General manager Scott Howson announced the move Monday.

The 18-year-old has four goals in eight games this season, including a goal against Nashville in his NHL debut.

On Jan. 10 against Minnesota, he became the first Blue Jackets rookie to get a hat trick.

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Filatov was picked sixth overall by Columbus in the draft. He had seven goals and 10 assists in 23 games with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y.

He also had eight goals in seven games while leading Russia to a bronze medal at the world junior championships.