Nikita Filatov to miss Columbus Blue Jackets rookie camp

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nikita Filatov of the Blue Jackets will miss the team’s rookie camp in Traverse City, Mich., this weekend because of a lower leg injury.

The 18-year-old forward was the club’s top pick and sixth overall in the draft. He had 32 goals and 34 assists in 34 games with CSKA of the Russian Junior League in 2007-08 and played on the Russian team that won the silver medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships.

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Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said Friday that Filatov was bothered by an old injury and would not accompany other rookies to the NHL Prospects Tournament. He will stay in Columbus and be evaluated in the next two weeks.

The Blue Jackets open training camp Sept. 19.