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N. FIlatov a possibility for the Bruins?

So news broke earlier today that alleged offensive dynamo and 2008 6th-overall pick Amanda Bynes Nikita Filatov has been amicably gifted to the KHL for the remainder of the season.

Here is Filatov discussing the move with Puck Daddy.

Obviously, Filatov won't be returning to the NHL this year, and there's a good chance he might stay in Russia, where people may not immediately question his gender upon gazing on his visage.

That said, would you like to see the Bruins, if they're able, swapping a 2nd round pick (or two) for Filatov's rights?  If and when he does return to the NHL he will have at least a year left on his entry-level contract, and is a prodigiously talented offensive sniper, having already notched an NHL hat trick, and, well, only 6 goals and no assists in 21 career games.  Ahem.

Yes, he is a defensive liability, but he's also 19 years old, and still in the throes of puberty (if not just starting) so there remains a chance that he could fill out.  "Effective 2-way player" might be pushing it, but "not always a defensive liability" might be acceptable if they were accompanied by 30 goals and a 850k cap hit.  And unlike Phil-the-Pill, character problems don't seem to plague Filatov, as Columbus has praised his work ethic and willingness to adapt, even if his talent and physical ability haven't quite caught up.

I'm not really a fan of Filatov.  I sincerely doubt we'll ever see him in the NHL again (he's just too small, and not as good as Patrick Kane) but I thought I'd just throw the idea out there, see what everybody else thought.  A 2nd round pick seems kind of slight for a talent like Filatov, but it's obvious that there is no place for him in Columbus, even with their desperate need of goal-scoring.

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