Canadiens Acquire Defenceman Nikita Nesterov

On Thursday evening the Montreal Canadiens acquired Nikita Nesterov in a divisional trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Heading to the Lightning is Jonathan Racine and a 6th round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Nikita Nesterov is a 23-year old left shot defenceman from Chelyabinsk, Russia. He spent his pre-draft career playing in his hometown MHL and KHL teams – Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk and Traktor Chelyabinsk. Nesterov was a 5th round selection (148th overall) by the Lightning in the 2011 NHL draft.

Nesterov

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Nikita Nesterov
Position: Defence
Shot: Left
Age: 23
Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 191
Drafted: 5th Round (148th Overall) – Tampa Bay Lightning / 2011 Draft

Unlike his first three seasons in North America, 2016-17 is the first season (so far) that Nikita Nesterov has spent the entirety of the season in the majors. In 35 games played, the defenceman has 3 goals and 9 assists, with a -3 plus/minus rating on a struggling Lightning team and 20 penalty minutes. In his National Hockey League (NHL) career, Nesterov has 28 points in 119 games.

In the past, Nesterov has represented Russia at the international stage at the U16, U18, World Juniors, World Cup of Hockey, World Junior A challenge, Super Series and Canada-Russia levels.

According to CapFriendly, he only carries a cap hit of $725,000 and is set to become a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) at the end of the season.

Heading to the Tampa Bay organization is Montreal-born, 23 year old left shot defenceman Jonathan Racine. In the same draft as Nesterov, Racine was selected 87th overall in the 3rd round out of Shawinigan in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

The Habs acquired Racine from the Florida PanthersĀ on October 8th, 2016 for Tim Bozon. Racine has played 26 games with the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL) and has tallied 3 assists and 58 penalty minutes.

Also heading to Tampa is a 6th round pick (2017).

All About The Habs wishes Jonathan Racine the best of luck in the Lightning organization.

We would also like to welcome Nikita Nesterov to the Habs! Let’s see what he can do.

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