The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Nikita Nesterov from the Tampa Bay Lightning, in exchange for defenseman Jonathan Racine and a 6th round pick in 2017.
Nesterov, a 5th round pick in 2011, is a rough-and-tumble skating defenseman who plays with a high activity level — both forcing turnovers from the opposition with his aggressiveness but also allowing scoring chances against at times with his improvisational style.
In 35 games this season, he has 3 goals and 9 assists, for 12 points and is a -3. Nesterov has played 119 games in the NHL, compiling 8 goals and 20 assists for a career -3.
Here’s what he brings to the Montreal Canadiens:
Canadiens acquire defenseman Nikita Nesterov from Tampa, in return for defenseman Jonathan Racine and a 6th round pick in 2017.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 27, 2017