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June 5, 2019 10:20 AM
Nikita Soshnikov: Heading home
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov inked a two-year contract with KHL club Salavat Yulaev Ufa on Monday.

Soshnikov spent much of the 2018-19 campaign watching from the press box, as the winger appeared in just 16 combined games between the NHL and AHL. In his five outings with the Blues, the winger notched a mere one shot on goal, five hits and two blocks while averaging a paltry 7:10 of ice time. Some early success with AHL Toronto kept the 25-year-old in the mix for a spot on the 23-man roster, but his inability to break into the lineup will see him return to his native Russia and likely marks the end of his NHL career.

November 30, 2018 02:44 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Heads to San Antonio
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov cleared waivers Friday and was assigned to AHL San Antonio, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

Soshnikov wasn't claimed despite a measly $800,000 cap hit and a solid physical game. The 25-year-old needs consistent ice time to continue his development, as he has played just five games while being a healthy scratch five times since missing the first 13 contests due to a concussion. Expect Soshnikov to be on the top of the list in case the Blues need to recall depth forwards.

November 29, 2018 12:48 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Designated for waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov was placed on waivers by the Blues on Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Soshnikov has seen action in just five games this season, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to see the club trying to move him to the minors. Considering the 25-year-old winger carries a cap hit of just $800,000, there could be several teams interested in his services. By sending the Russian down to the minors, the team clears a spot on the 23-man roster for Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) to be activated off injured reserve. If he clears, Soshnikov will be sent to AHL Chicago, but should sit atop the list of potential call-ups.

November 23, 2018 09:16 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Will be scratched Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov is a healthy scratch for Friday's game versus the Predators, Lou Korac of reports.

With Patrick Maroon (upper body) activated from injured reserve, Soshnikov will head to the press box. Soshnikov has suited up the last three games for the Blues but averaged just 6:55 of ice time and posted a minus-2 rating.

November 10, 2018 04:20 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Logs 6:41 in season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov recorded one hit and a plus-1 rating in Friday's 4-0 win over the Sharks.

With just 6:41 of ice time, it was difficult for Soshnikov to get much done. He could be in the healthy scratch conversation once Brayden Schenn (upper body) is ready to re-enter the lineup.

November 9, 2018 11:29 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Will make season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (concussion) will suit up Friday against the Sharks, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Soshnikov spent the beginning of the season on non-roster injured reserve, and he spent the last few games as a healthy scratch. Coach Mike Yeo sees an opportunity to get him in the lineup, and he'll slot into the third line with Tyler Bozak and Alexander Steen. Soshnikov posted two points in 12 games for the Blues last year.

November 1, 2018 10:53 AM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Comes off injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (concussion) was taken off non-roster injured reserve Wednesday.

Soshnikov suffered his concussion preparing for the start of training camp, so it seems unlikely he will immediately jump into the lineup, as he is no doubt behind his teammates in terms of game readiness. The winger will likely have to compete with Oskar Sundqvist and Ivan Barbashev for regular minutes and could find himself spending some time in the minors.

October 29, 2018 11:24 AM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Brought back from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (concussion) returned to the Blues from his minor-league conditioning assignment Monday.

Soshnikov's potential return -- he'll remain on non-roster, injured reserve for the time being -- will create a logjam in an already crowded forward group that could see the return of Robby Fabbri (groin) as well. Jordan Kyrou figures to be a lock for the minors, while Robert Thomas or Oskar Sundqvist may also find themselves packing for AHL San Antonio.

October 24, 2018 12:57 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Closing in on return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov's (concussion) conditioning stint with AHL San Antonio will end Sunday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Soshnikov's first opportunity to make his season debut with the Blues should come next Thursday against the Blue Jackets, but the 25-year-old winger has only totaled six goals and 11 points in 71 NHL appearances over the past two campaigns, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radars at this point.

October 20, 2018 12:16 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Embarks on conditioning stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (concussion) was assigned to AHL San Antonio on Saturday for conditioning purposes, player agent Dan Milstein reports.

Soshnikov is rounding out his recovery from a nasty concussion that he sustained in training camp. He remains on non-roster injured reserve for the time being.

October 16, 2018 02:53 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Will join team on trip
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (concussion) will join the team on its upcoming road trip, Lou Korac of reports.

Soshnikov's appearance on a three-game road trip could suggest that he has a chance to return at some point during it, though the team hasn't disclosed whether or not that's the case. He will likely return to a bottom-six role when healthy.

October 11, 2018 03:33 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Continues practicing with squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (concussion) participated in Thursday's morning skate ahead of a home game against the Flames, Lou Korac of reports.

Soshnikov has been working with the team for over a week now but he won't play Thursday and the timeline for when he can take contact is still hazy. The Blues could use the grit that Soshnikov brings to the bottom-six since he brings more offensive upside than enforcer Chris Thorburn.

October 5, 2018 05:48 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Participates fully in practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (concussion) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Lou Korac of reports.

Soshnikov said he's been skating for the past six weeks and he finally joined the team three days ago. He still needs to pass through the league's protocol before he can start taking contact and enter the lineup. The 24-year-old tops out as a fourth-line winger with little fantasy upside.

October 2, 2018 05:56 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Moves to non-roster IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (concussion) was shifted to non-roster injured reserve Tuesday.

The Blues placed five players on non-roster IR, including Soshnikov, on Tuesday. As a result, Ivan Barbashev should get an extended look in the bottom six and on the left wing to start the season.

September 14, 2018 12:37 AM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Suffers concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov has been ruled out for the start of training camp after sustaining a concussion.

Heading into camp, Soshnikov figured to have the inside track for a fourth-line role; however, an extended stint on the sidelines could open the door for a handful of players to compete for the job -- including Samuel Blais, Chris Thorburn and Jordan Nolan.

June 24, 2018 11:20 AM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Signs extension with St. Louis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov signed a one-year, one-way contract extension with the Blues on Sunday, according to his agent, Dan Milstein.

Soshnikov played in only 12 games last season for the Blues after being traded from Toronto, collecting two points on one goal and one assist -- unfortunately, an upper-body injury largely cut into his potential. However, the Russian is still only 23 years old and only one year removed from the 2016 season with Toronto when he scored five goals and racked up four assists in 56 games. He might be worth keeping tabs on if he can stay healthy, but his value to fantasy owners seems to have a relatively low ceiling.

April 4, 2018 12:42 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Cleared to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (upper body) has been cleared medically, but won't return to the lineup against the Blackhawks on Wednesday, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Considering Soshnikov has been scratched periodically, it's not surprising to see him out of the lineup, despite being healthy. The winger has played in a combined 13 games between St. Louis and Toronto in which he tallied a paltry two points. Until he can secure a regular role, the 23-year-old won't offer much in terms of fantasy value.

April 2, 2018 07:13 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Won't play Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (upper body) skated Monday, but won't play against the Capitals, Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch reports.

That makes six games missed for Soshnikov, who is running out of time to return during the regular season. The 24-year-old only has until Saturday to get healthy enough to play, and since he just started skating he may have some work left to do. However, the Russian could return as soon as Wednesday against the Blackhawks, should be find himself healed in time.

March 29, 2018 02:08 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Won't make road trip
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (upper body) will not be on the charter to the West Coast for a two-game road trip that begins Friday in Vegas, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Blues will head to Arizona for a night contest against the 'Yotes on Saturday, but it looks like Soshnikov will be out for the back-to-back set. The Russian was acquired by St. Louis to shore up its depth up front in the wake of injuries, but Soshnikov is ironically banged up himself to crush his fantasy prospects.

March 27, 2018 12:52 PM
Blues' Nikita Soshnikov: Still being evaluated
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Soshnikov (upper body) is in the process of being reevaluated, but Blue coach Mike Yeo told reporters that he won't have an update on the winger for a few days, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic St. Louis reports.

Reading between the lines, this means that the Russian will at least miss Tuesday night's home clash with the Sharks, and there will only be six regular-season games left if he returns by the weekend. Either way, Soshnikov isn't a viable fantasy option as he's averaged only 11:22 of ice time through 10 games with the Notes.

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