General manager Craig MacTavish on Wednesday dealt for Nikita Nikitin, sending a fifth-round selection in this weekend’s draft to Columbus.
Nikitin reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with the Oilers with an average annual value of $4.5 million US.
The draft pick was the Blue Jackets’ that they traded to the Oilers in March for defenceman Nick Schultz.
Nikitin, 28, had two goals, 15 points and a plus-9 rating in 66 games last season.
In 158 regular-season contests with Columbus, Nikitin scored 12 goals and 56 points.
The Russian rearguard was a fifth-round pick (136th overall) by the St. Louis Blues in 2004. He was traded to Columbus on Nov. 11, 2011 for fellow defenceman Kris Russell.