Nikos was the prototypical defensive prospect playing his junior hockey with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. After a year and half with the Bulls he was traded to the Plymouth Whalers in 1997. At the end of that year, he was also drafted in the first round, 22nd overall by the Hartford Whalers. The defenseman spent a couple of years playing with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL, working on his defensive game and filling out his huge 6'5 frame upto 210 pounds. He got his first shot at the bigs in 2000-01 with the Carolina Hurricanes, playing in 2 games and not recording any points and 6 penalty minutes. Since then he has been back in the minors, playing with Lowell Lock Monsters, Springfield Falcons and Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League.