#stlblues trade: they acquire forward Nikita Soshnikov from Toronto in exchange a for 4th round pick in 2019.
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) February 15, 2018
Nikita Soshnikov Traded to the St. Louis Blues
The Toronto Maple Leafs completed a trade Thursday with the St. Louis Blues. The Bluesacquire forward Nikita Soshnikov in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
In Soshnikov, the Blues get a fast player that can kill penalties. A smaller player, standing at 5’11” Soshnikov is fantastic at being a pest and getting under the skin of his opponent. This season he has put not pup up any points in three games with the Leafs. He also played in 16 games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, with six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 19 AHL games.
Last season, he scored five goals and four assists for nine points in 56 games. He also added 16 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were a 48.9 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -2.5. Over his three-year NHL career, Soshnikov has played exclusively for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has put up seven goals and seven assists for 14 career points in 70 career games. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent from Russia in 2015.
Soshnikov is on the third and final year of his entry-level contract and has a cap hit of $925,000 (which includes $125,000 in potential performance bonuses). He is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st.
Main Photo: TORONTO, CANADA – MARCH 07: Nikita Soshnikov #26 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Air Canada Centre on March 7, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)