Russian defenseman Nikita Okhotyuk has committed his 2017-18 season to the team that drafted him 16th overall in the 2017 CHL Import Draft, the Ottawa 67’s. In 2015-16, Nikita played for Traktor Chelyabinsk’s U-16 team putting up five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 35 games.
Last season he would join the U-17 squad for Chelyabinsk and in doing so was nearly a point-per-game player putting up five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 25 games, he also added 32 penalty minutes. The rest of the season was shared with Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk of the MHL which is equivalent to North America’s ECHL. He played a total of 19 games for the team scoring one goal and adding three helpers for four points.
He’d also add 37 penalty minutes with a plus/minus rating of plus nine. Nikita also played for Team Russia at the 2016-17 U-17 World Hockey Championships and in doing so helped earn his team a Bronze Medal. This year he played in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament for the U-18 Russian team where he was the captain and after five games of tournament play, Nikita put up one goal and two assists.