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Wolves pick up former first round pick from Colts

Kirill Nizhnikov joins Wolves on the road
The Sudbury Wolves have hit the trade market once again, acquiring Kirill Nizhnikov from the Barrie Colts. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Sudbury Wolves have hit the trade market once again, acquiring Kirill Nizhnikov from the Barrie Colts in exchange for the 2018 third round draft choice from Owen Sound, the 2019 fifth round selection from Hamilton and the 2021 and 2023 second round choices from the Wolves. 

Nizhnikov was the seventth overall pick in the 2016 draft by the Mississauga Steelheads before being traded to Barrie for a slew of draft picks, 10 in total, before the 2016-17 campaign began.

"Kirill is a young highly skilled player. Many scouting reports had him as a top five player in his draft class and he was often discussed as the top forward by many scouts for the 2016 draft,” said Rob Papineau, VP hockey operations and Wolves general manager. 

“He gets a welcomed fresh start with our hockey club and has great ability to be an impact player for the next three seasons. Sudbury was a preferred destination for him so we are very happy to add him to our team. He was excited when I spoke with him to get started and he feels Sudbury is the right place for him to develop in pursuit of his goal of eventually playing in the NHL."

Fans will get their first chance to see Kirill play at home during the Teddy Bear Toss game in support of the TD Toy Bank and Salvation Army at the Sudbury Arena on Dec. 15.

Kirill will join the Wolves Thursday morning in Peterborough for a skate with the team while he joins the Eastern swing this weekend. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road in a number of different ways this season. 

Fans can listen to the live play by play on CKLU or on the Sudbury Wolves App or watch on Eastlink Channel 10 and HD 610 when they can see Kirill for the first time in Kingston when the Wolves take on the Frontenacs on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

The Wolves will be in Ottawa Sunday afternoon to take on the 67's at 2 p.m.