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Nikita Zadorov | Defenseman | #16

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (21) / 4/16/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (16) / BUF
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Colorado coach Jared Bednar appreciates the progress that Nikita Zadorov has made this season.
"We talked to him a lot early in the year about just honing in on his defensive details, working on those details, improving and being more of a physical presence in front of our net and keeping guys off the net. Right now, I would say he'd put more work into his conditioning off the ice," Bednar said. "We feel like he can handle more minutes, but we wanted him to get into better condition in order to be able to do that. He's been committed there and I believe that's given him some confidence on the ice. I would say over the past 10 to 12 games we've seen him play some of his best games of the year, amidst a tough stretch." He has posted five assists, 41 penalty minutes, 85 hits and a minus-13 rating in 33 matches this season. The 21-year-old wants to keep working on his offensive game and he intends to shoot more often. Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:27:00 AM
Source: Denver Post

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Nikita Zadorov has picked up two assists in his last three games.

He has collected just five helpers, with no goals, in 27 contests this campaign. The 21-year-old defender still has plenty of work to do before he becomes relevant in fantasy leagues.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 09:27:00 AM

Nikita Zadorov will be scratched against the Wild on Saturday night.

Through 16 games thus far, the young defender has posted just two helpers with 19 blocks, 20 PIMs and 34 hits while seeing 17:18 of average ice time per night.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 02:30:00 PM

Nikita Zadorov is happy to be in rookie camp with the Colorado Avalanche.

The 21-year-old has 89 games of NHL experience with Buffalo and Colorado, but that won't stop him from jumping on the ice with the rookies. "I’m always happy to get on the ice, and it’s actually (partly) my decision to be here," Zadorov said. "I wanted to start skating earlier and I get to play some games to be more prepared for the main camp. So I’m happy." The Avs will hope to see Zadorov make a big impact at the NHL level. He had just two assists in 22 games with Colorado last season, but added 10 goals, 29 points and 90 penalty minutes in 52 AHL games in 2015-16. He has the potential to be a top pairing NHL defenseman.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 12:10:00 PM

Nikita Zadorov is going to get more playing time with Colorado next season.

The Avalanche want to get younger on the back end and develop their defenders in the NHL, so Zadorov, Chris Bigras and Eric Gelinas will get larger roles. "What we're doing is allowing more ice time for these guys," Joe Sakic said. "We're going to get our young guys on the ice more because these are the guys that, in a few years, are going to be our (main) guys." Zadorov spent most of the 2015-16 season in the minors after being acquired from Buffalo.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Nikita Zadorov (concussion) is expected to be back in the lineup on Tuesday against Nashville.

He was cleared through the NHL's concussion protocol, but he didn't have a problem with the hit that sidelined him. "It was a clean hit, that's why I recovered so fast," Zadorov said. "It wasn't the head or anything. It happened. I've been hitting all my life and now it's probably time for me to get hit from someone."
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Nikita Zadorov has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Head coach Patrick Roy made the announcement on Saturday morning. Zadorov was hurt after being flattened by Capitals forward Tom Wilson. The Avs defenseman is considered day-to-day at this point. You can watch the hit by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 03:23:00 PM

Nikita Zadorov left Friday night's game in the second period with an apparent head injury.

He may have sustained a concussion after being hit by the Capital's Tom Wilson. Stay tuned for further updates.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 11:51:00 AM

Nikita Zadorov was summoned up by Colorado on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Zadorov is enjoying a nice season for AHL San Antonio. He's posted 10 goals and 29 points with 90 PIMs in 52 games thus far, in his first taste of pro minor league hockey. He has 18 points and 65 PIMs in 83 career NHL games.
Sun, Mar 27, 2016 03:28:00 PM

The Avalanche have re-assigned Nikita Zadorov to San Antonio of the AHL.

His roster spot was needed to accommodate the return of Erik Johnson. Zadarov has played well in his latest five-game stint alongside Francois Beauchemin and his demotion was a little surprising given the Avs could have sent down Chris Bigras. Zadorov remains a top prospect and he will be back in Colorado soon enough.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 11:48:00 AM

Nikita Zadorov will suit up on Thursday night against New Jersey.

It will be his first game with the Avalanche since Nov. 5. Zadorov was assigned to the minors shortly after that contest, but he was brought back up on Wednesday as the Avalanche altered their defense corps.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Nikita Zadorov has been summoned from the minors.

He has registered eight goals, 18 points and 48 penalty minutes in 28 games with Colorado's minor-league affiliate in San Antonio this year. He had two points in 11 outings with the Avalanche before going to the AHL.
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 01:15:00 PM

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.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 10:08:00 AM

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.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 12:45:00 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
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 09:23:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3Mikhail Grigorenko
4John Mitchell
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Rene Bourque
3Joe Colborne
4Matthew Nieto
5Andreas Martinsen
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Jarome Iginla
3Mikko Rantanen
4Blake Comeau
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Francois Beauchemin
4Nikita Zadorov
5Fedor Tyutin
6Patrick Wiercioch
7Cody Goloubef
8Eric Gelinas
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Calvin Pickard