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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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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. Aug 16 - 10:12 AM
Source: Denver Post

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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

Nikita Zadorov will be scratched on Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

This will be Zadorov's third straight game in the stands, his second after being disciplined. The 20 year old defender is having a nice rookie campaign with 100 hits and 13 points through 42 games.
Feb 24 - 7:08 PM

Nikita Zadorov didn't arrive for a morning meeting and it may cost him another game.

He was scratched for Sunday's game versus Nashville and could sit Tuesday against Columbus as well. Zadorov watched two games from the press box when he returned to Buffalo late from the All-Star break. "It was my mistake 100 percent," Zadorov said. "No excuses. I couldn't do that. I spoke with the team, said, 'I'm sorry boys, don't want to lose your trust.' It's all about the team. I just want to get back as soon as I can and help my team." Mark Pysyk may get another game in Zadorov's place.
Feb 24 - 9:16 AM

Buffalo has banned Nikita Zadorov from playing two times this season for disciplinary reasons, including Sunday's meeting against Nashville.

"Sometimes you're mature in certain things. Sometimes you're not," coach Ted Nolan said. "Unfortunately, we'll have to deal with him. It's tough on the team overall, but like I said I'd rather just not discuss it publicly. We had a number of discussions, and then another thing happened this morning. We'll just talk to him again." The first suspension Zadorov received was given after he reported to the team late from the All-Star break. The 19-year-old defender figures to be a big part of the Sabres' future, so his issues right now are a bit concerning.
Feb 23 - 8:52 AM

Nikita Zadorov won't play in Sunday's game against Nashville because of "team reasons".

We're not quite sure what the reasons are, but he probably violated some kind of team rule. The 19-year-old was a healthy scratch in Buffalo's last game on Friday as well. He has three goals and 13 points in 42 games. "We’ll see, right now it’s for team reasons and we’ll deal with that as we go," coach Ted Nolan said "It’s tough, it’s tough on the team overall." The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday morning.
Feb 22 - 12:38 PM

Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said he made Nikita Zadorov a healthy scratch on Friday because he feels his young defenseman is overwhelmed.

"We found he’s getting a little overwhelmed lately, so we’re going to give him a day off," Nolan said of Zadorov. "In order for the proper development to take place, you can’t keep putting him and keep putting him. You have to sit back and watch and learn. He’s a 19-year-old kid." Zadorov has three goals, 13 points and a minus-12 rating in 42 games this season.
Feb 21 - 9:20 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3Mikhail Grigorenko
4John Mitchell
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Alex Tanguay
3Blake Comeau
4Cody McLeod
5Jack Skille
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Jarome Iginla
3Mikko Rantanen
4Jesse Winchester
5Borna Rendulic
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Francois Beauchemin
4Nikita Zadorov
5Brandon Gormley
6Brad Stuart
7Nick Holden
8Nate Guenin
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra