Nikita Nikitin was born in Omsk, Russia and has spent his junior career skating in HC Avangard (Omsk) hockey system. The young defenseman was a regular on Russia’s U18 and U20 national squads. The young defenseman was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the 136th overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent several seasons skating in the professional Russian Super League with HC Avangard Omsk and established himself as a strong Super League caliber defenseman. On June 14, 2010 Nikitin was signed by the Blues to an entry-level NHL contract.