A big-bodied defenceman with an aggressive mindset and a big slapshot.
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March 2022 – Nikishin is a big bodied 20-year-old, at 6 foot 4 and 220 pounds already. He has eight goals and four assists in 46 KHL games for Spartak Moskva, good for just outside as a defenseman. He is playing just under 19 minutes a night, with over a hit, shot and block a game, while leading the team in penalty minutes. If Nikishin makes his way to North America and gets on with the Hurricanes, he could very well be a decent peripheral player depending on your league’s settings. Alex Wyatt
March 2021 – Nikishin played in all levels of Russian hockey this season but spend most of his season in the KHL (20 games) with Spartak Moskva. Although his role in the KHL was limited he did manage a goal and four assists during the regular season and appeared in four playoff games. After his KHL season was over he went back to the MHL for two playoff games. Austin Broad