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06/25/2014 10:02 EDT | Updated 08/25/2014 05:59 EDT

Nikita Nikitin traded to Oilers from Blue Jackets

The Edmonton Oilers made a trade ahead of Friday’s NHL Entry Draft, picking up a defenceman that can play on their blue-line next season.

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.

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