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Nikita Zadorov | Defenseman | #16

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/16/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (16) / BUF

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Nikita Zadorov was credited with nine hits in Game 6 on Sunday night against Nashville.
Zadorov amassed 28 hits in six games during Colorado's first-round series loss to the Predators. The Avalanche blueliner led the NHL in hits, with 278, during the regular season. Zadorov also finished Game 6 with 14 penalty minutes and a minus-3 rating. Apr 23 - 10:12 AM

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Nikita Zadorov scored a goal in a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Zadorov gave the Avalanche an early 1-0 lead with assists going to Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. He also picked up 12 penalty minutes, three blocks and three shots in 21:11 of ice time in the Game 1 defeat.
Apr 13 - 1:20 AM

Nikita Zadorov had the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 5-1 victory versus Minnesota.

Zadorov gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead going into the third period with his seventh goal of the season. He also earned three shots, four hits and one block in nearly 25 minutes of ice time. Zadorov has posted 19 points and 86 penalty minutes in 64 games this year.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 14 - 12:03 PM

Nikita Zadorov earned two assists in a 4-3 OT win over Toronto on Friday night.

Zadorov had a hand in goals by Mikko Rantanen and Alexander Kerfoot in the contest. He also had five blocks and one hit versus the Maple Leafs. The Colorado defender has 10 points in 32 games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Nikita Zadorov posted an assist with a plus-3 rating and five shots on goal in Saturday's 6-2 victory on the road against the Coyotes.

Zadorov also chipped in with three hits and three blocked shots while taking a minor penalty. The assist was a surprise, as he entered play with just three goals and seven points through his first 29 outings. His value to fantasy owners comes in the hits (79) and blocked shots (39) categories.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 12:57:00 AM

Nikita Zadorov took responsibility for Colorado's 2-1 loss to New Jersey on Friday night.

Zadorov had an ugly turnover on New Jersey's first goal and since the Avs lost by one, he felt like the loss was his fault. "It’s on me. It was a mistake. Cost us the game," Zadorov said. "I think I made a bad play on the second goal as well. I’m taking all the responsibility. It’s on me."
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 11:02:00 AM

Nikita Zadorov has found the back of the net in each of his last two games.

This marks the first time in Zadorov's career that he has scored in consecutive contests. He has three goals, which ties the career high he set in 2014-15 over 60 games with Buffalo, and five points in 18 matches this year.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 10:45:00 AM

The Colorado Avalanche are expected to scratch Nikita Zadorov for their matchup with the Ottawa Senators today.

Zadorov played 13:05 yesterday and finished the game a minus-1. In his place, the Avalanche will dress Andrei Mironov. Carl Soderberg and A.J. Greer are also expected to serve as healthy scratches, while Tyson Jost (lower body), Patrik Nemeth (undisclosed) and Anton Lindholm (jaw) will miss the game due to injury.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Nikita Zadorov will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Carolina.

This is the third game in a row that Zadorov will watch from the press box. The young defenseman in loaded with talent, but he's struggled with consistency issues. Chris Bigras will also watch the game from the press box.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 09:04:00 PM

Nikita Zadorov has been scratched for the last two games because coach Jared Bednar has not been satisfied with his play.

"We've got a young group of D-men and some guys are still trying to prove themselves and where exactly they shake out in our lineup and what they do for us consistently. Z falls into that category for us," Bednar said. "He's got a lot of potential. He's been scratched just based on performance. We've liked what we've see from some other guys a little bit more consistently than what we've seen from Z so far this year." It's unclear if Zadorov will play Thursday against Carolina, but he needs to work himself back into Bednar's favor with some strong practices.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 11:44:00 AM

Nikita Zadorov will sit out Saturday night's contest against the Chicago Blackhawks as a healthy scratch.

Zadorov has two points in eight games for the Avalanche, but he'll sit out Saturday's game against Chicago. Joining him in the press box will be Chris Bigras and Andrew Agozzino
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 09:11:00 PM

Look for Nikita Zadorov to draw into the Avalanche lineup on Saturday.

We previously mentioned that Zadorov might play in that contest after being a healthy scratch on Thursday, but since then Avalanche coach Jared Bednar has addressed the situation. "I think it’s important to put him in tomorrow because I think he can help us," Bednar said on Friday. "I think it was important to keep him last night because we have to make sure that everyone is on the same page coming into this thing." Bednar didn't say who might be scratched to free up a spot, but it could be Andrei Mironov, who logged just 11:24 minutes on Thursday.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 04:24:00 AM

Nikita Zadorov could make his season debut on Saturday.

This is purely speculation at this time, but Andrei Mironov logged just 11:24 of ice time in his NHL debut against the Rangers. Zadorov was a healthy scratch for Thursday's opener. "It's just based on what we've seen through training camp," coach Jared Bednar explained. "He came in a little late and has some catching up to do, and we've liked what some of those other guys have done. So that's the lineup we decided on." Zadorov was initially projected to play with Erik Johnson on the top pairing.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 10:37:00 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have scratched Nikita Zadorov for their opening night contest against the New York Rangers.

Zadorov, a former 1st round pick, had 10 points in 56 contests last season. Joining him in the press box will be Carl Soderberg tonight. Neither of them have any fantasy upside but Soderberg has shown he has some offensive flair to his game in the past.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 07:00:00 PM

Nikita Zadorov reported to training camp on Thursday morning.

Zadorov had to work out an issue with his immigration papers. "It usually takes a few days to get it," he said. "With the situation with Russia and America right now, it's kind of tough. But it's nice to get it done." He is projected to play on Colorado's top pairing this season alongside Erik Johnson.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 09:06:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nathan MacKinnon
2Alexander Kerfoot
3J.T. Compher
4Carl Soderberg
5Tyson Jost
6Dominic Toninato
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Sven Andrighetto
3Matt Nieto
4Gabriel Bourque
5Vladislav Kamenev
RW1Mikko Rantanen
2Nail Yakupov
3Colin Wilson
4Blake Comeau
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Samuel Girard
4Mark Barberio
5Patrik Nemeth
6Nikita Zadorov
7David Warsofsky
8Mark Alt
9Anton Lindholm
10Duncan Siemens
11Sergei Boikov
G1Jonathan Bernier
2Pavel Francouz
3Andrew Hammond
4Semyon Varlamov