There's a good chance the Buffalo Sabres will not send Nikita Zadorov to play for Russia at the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship.
Nikita Zadorov scored the game-winning goal as the Sabres defeated the Panthers 4-3 in overtime Saturday night.
Nikita Zadorov and the Sabres were shut out 5-0 by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, but the rookie did yield 14 minutes in penalties.
Nikita Zadorov is slated to play in his ninth game of the season on Tuesday.
Nikita Zadorov has suited up in four straight games for the Sabres and he's played well alongside Rasmus Ristolainen.
The Buffalo Sabres made a tweak to their defense by adding Nikita Zadorov and Andrej Meszaros back into their lineup against the Detroit Red Wings.
Nikita Zadorov was a healthy scratch for the 10th time in 11 games.
Nikita Zadorov made his season debut with Buffalo in Thursday's 2-0 loss to Los Angeles.
Nikita Zadorov is slated to be a healthy scratch for a fifth straight game Friday night.
Nikita Zadorov has been a healthy scratch for Buffalo's first three games, but he should get a chance to be in the lineup Tuesday night.
Admittedly, Zadorov may not make the Sabres squad out of camp. But that doesn't mean he can't impress head coach Ted Nolan.
With the signings of Andrej Meszaros and Andre Benoit and the acquistion of Josh Gorges, Nikita Zadorov will be in a battle to make the Sabres' roster out of training camp.
Nikita Zadorov will head back to the OHL now that the World Junior Championships is over.
Buffalo prospect Nikita Zadorov scored a pair of power-play goals to lead Russia over the United States in quarterfinal play at the World Junior Championships.