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Nikita Zadorov | Defenseman

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (20) / 4/16/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220

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Joe Sakic wants to see Nikita Zadorov play big minutes in the AHL instead of playing a limited role in the NHL.
"A little bit like Rantanen, I think he lost a little bit of confidence," Sakic said of Zadorov, "and if you’re not playing PK, PP — the quality minutes — as a young guy, (they need to go down). We’re going to need him (in the future). For a young man in that position, he needs to play a ton and work on his confidence. He’ll go down and play as much as he can and keep learning that way. The only way you can get better is by playing a lot at a young man’s age." The 20-year-old was demoted to the AHL San Antonio on Saturday. Nov 8 - 10:08 AM
Source: Denver Post

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The Avalanche assigned defenseman Nikita Zadorov to San Antonio of the AHL.

He has been a healthy scratch of late so he will likely be better served honing his craft in the AHL than sitting in an NHL press box. Mediocre veterans Nate Guenin and Brad Stuart will continue to play instead of the talented, but still green Russian youngster. Zadorov will be back.
Nov 7 - 12:45 PM

Coach Patrick Roy wants Nikita Zadorov to learn and develop by playing and watching.

He has done the latter for the past two games as a healthy scratch. "I said all along we're going to use our eight Ds, and that's what we've been doing," Roy said. "Z is a long-term project for us." Perhaps, Zadorov will be back in the lineup on Thursday against Arizona.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 5 - 9:23 AM

NIkita Zadorov and Nate Guenin will each be scratched from Tuesday's game with the Flames.

Unfortunately, Guenin's potential value has only come through 16 blocks in nine games thus far. Zadorov meanwhile has two assists, seven blocks, and 33 hits in 10 games. Niche contributors for sure, but there's something to work with if you're in a pinch.
Nov 3 - 8:08 PM

Nikita Zadorov will be a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against San Jose.

The 20-year-old has played in each of Colorado's 10 games to start the year, but he won't be in on Sunday. He has two assists in 2015-16. Brandon Gormley will also be scratched for Colorado.
Nov 1 - 3:01 PM

Nikita Zadorov has spent his summer skating in the Denver area with a few fellow NHLers and getting used to his new home.

"It's kind of hard when you're moving to another city right away, but right now it's awesome. I got to know the city, got to know the people and I think it's a great city," said the prized piece of return in the Ryan O'Reilly trade. "Up in the mountains, it's hard to breathe. Just different weather, and right now I'm just getting used to everything." At 6'5 and 230 pounds, the Avs are hoping they found a defenseman ready to play top-four minutes right away.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 16 - 10:12 AM

Nikita Zadorov is projected to play alongside Tyson Barrie in 2015-16.

"I've played against him, and he's obviously a very good offensive player," Zadorov said, referring to Barrie. "I'm sure we'll work well together." The Colorado Avalanche acquired Zadorov as part of the Ryan O'Reilly trade. Zadorov had three goals and 15 points in 60 contests last season.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 23 - 7:54 AM

The Avalanche are thrilled to have acquired defenseman Nikita Zadorov in the Ryan O'Reilly deal with Buffalo.

Avs' GM Joe Sakic believes Zadorov can be a big piece on the team going forward. "We're looking for back-end help and Zadorov is a huge piece," Sakic said. "We're excited to be able to do a deal like that and have a big 6-foot-5 defenseman who can skate and shoot and play that style". We wouldn't be surprised if Zadorov blossoms in Colorado and gets considerable second power-play ice time behind Tyson Barrie and Erik Johnson.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 27 - 1:33 PM

Nikita Zadorov has been sent to Colorado along with Mikhail Grigorenko, JT Compher and the 31st overall pick for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn.

Still just 20-years-old Zadorov has scored just 16 points during his first 67 games of his NHL career for Buffalo. He carries a $894K cap hit for two more seasons as well. Eventually, Zadorov is expected to blossom into a top-end defender.
Jun 26 - 7:31 PM

Nikita Zadorov is already drawing praise from new Head Coach Dan Bylsma.

The new Buffalo Sabres bench boss seems to think Zadorov is ready to be a mainstay in the NHL, and won't need time in the AHL. Though it's worth noting that GM Tim Murray stated that Zadorov "needs to learn from his mistakes." The young defender is entering his age-20 season, and already has 67 NHL games under his belt. He averaged 17:42 of ice time last season, and sits in prime position to make a name for himself.
Jun 11 - 7:24 PM

Nikita Zadorov promises to be more mature next season.

"I made a couple mistakes this year off the ice, and it's all maturity," he said. "I'm not going to make them anymore." GM Tim Murray spoke with Zadorov about the team's expectations during their exit interview and the 19-year-old defenseman says he got the message. He was benched for a total of five games for two punctuality infractions. Zadorov recorded 15 points and 51 penalty minutes in 60 games this past campaign. He has plenty of potential and he's certainly worth keeping an eye on.
Apr 15 - 11:12 AM

Nikita Zadorov will take Tyson Strachan’s spot on the blue line for Monday’s contest with the Coyotes.

Zadorov will get another chance to make a lasting impression for Buffalo as the season nears an end. Zadorov was a healthy scratch Saturday versus Colorado but will tag in for Strachan Monday night. In 53 games this season, the 19-year-old Russian has registered three goals and 14 points with 47 penalty minutes and 47 shots on goal.
Mar 30 - 5:13 PM

Look for Nikita Zadorov to sit in the press box once again Saturday.

He will not dress for Saturday night's contest against Colorado as coach Ted Nolan is not happy with his worth ethic. Buffalo coach Ted Nolan had the following to say about Zadorov: "When you're going for certain things and your expectations have to be a certain level and if you don't do it, you're not going to get better, I don't care who you are. You look at Tyler Ennis and why he gets better, because he works at it. Nikita has to work on his game, he can’t just hope and rely on talent." Yikes. Looks as if Zadorov still has a lot of growing up to do before he will be fantasy worthy.
Mar 28 - 10:35 AM

Nikita Zadorov was back in the lineup on Saturday.

He picked up an assist and logged 15:09 of ice time in Buffalo's 5-3 loss to Florida. Zadorov hadn't played since Feb. 19 and he was scratched for the last two games after he arrived late for a team meeting.
Mar 2 - 8:18 AM

Nikita Zadorov and Tyson Strachan will be scratched on Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks.

Coach Nolan continues to send a message as this will be the 20 year old Zadorov's fourth consecutive game in the stands. He's having a nice rookie campaign with 100 hits and 13 points through 42 games.
Feb 26 - 6:39 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3John Mitchell
4Mikhail Grigorenko
5Ben Street
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Alex Tanguay
3Blake Comeau
4Cody McLeod
5Andreas Martinsen
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Jarome Iginla
3Jack Skille
4Chris Wagner
5Jesse Winchester
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Francois Beauchemin
4Nick Holden
5Brad Stuart
6Brandon Gormley
7Nate Guenin
8Zach Redmond
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra