DAILY PRIME-JUNE 16 primepucks.com Mar 27 '78

IN THE SLOT

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets are trying to hammer out a deal for defenseman Nikita Nikitin. The Russian defender opened up many eyes with 32 points in 54 games last season, but fantasy owners shouldn't jump on the bandwagon just yet. James Wisniewski missed plenty of games due to injury. Jack Johnson arrived mid-season via a trade from Los Angeles. When those two are in the lineup, there isn't much power-play time left for Nikitin. Don't overrate him on draft day..

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