|Born|| April 16, 1995 |
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||230 lb (104 kg; 16 st 6 lb)|
| NHL team (P)|
| Colorado Avalanche|
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
|NHL Draft|| 16th overall, 2013|
Nikita played in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the London Knights. He was selected in the first round (4th overall) of the 2012 KHL Junior Draft by HC CSKA Moscow.
On October 19, 2013, he made his NHL debut skating with the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
After spending much of the rest of that season in the OHL with the Knights, Nikita made the Sabres' opening-night roster in the 2014–15 season as a permanent addition to the roster.
Nikita initially only saw limited playing time and was primarily on the team for practice only (he was not yet eligible for the American Hockey League and a tie-up involving his Kontinental Hockey League rights prevented him from being returned to juniors).
Nikita's playing time increased later in the season as the team's coaching staff decided to keep him regardless of his junior situation.
At the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, he was traded as a central piece by the Sabres in a package that included Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick in the draft to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Ryan O'Reilly & Jamie McGinn on June 26, 2015.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|Competitor for Template:Country data Russia|
|World Junior Championships|