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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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Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov will miss the remainder of the season because of a fractured ankle.
The season of misery just keeps on going for Colorado. Not only have they been horrible on the ice, but they can't seem to catch any breaks either. The injury occurred during Monday's practice after Zadorov got tangled up with Mikko Rantanen. Zadorov was averaging 19:02 of ice time per game. He had no goals, 10 assists and a minus-20 rating in 56 games. Feb 20 - 7:22 PM

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Nikita Zadorov sustained a leg injury during Monday's practice.

Zadorov needed help getting off the ice after he got tangled up with Mikko Rantanen and consequently lost his balance. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar reported that Zadorov will need to be evaluated, so we don't know how serious the injury is yet.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 20 - 3:52 PM

Nikita Zadorov will visit Buffalo on Thursday for the first since he was traded to Colorado.

When the Avalanche played in Buffalo last year, Zadorov was in the minors at the time. "I'm going to be excited to play there this year," he said. "It's a good memory. I have a few friends on their team, and it's going to be a great matchup to play against guys I know." The 21-year-old defender has become a regular on the Avs' back end this season. Zadorov has 10 assists, 71 penalty minutes, 145 hits and 65 blocks in 53 games.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 15 - 11:53 AM

Nikita Zadorov picked up both an assist and a fight with Jacob Trouba during Saturday's 5-2 win over the Jets.

Zadorov laid out Mark Scheifele with a high hit, which prompted the scrap. Trouba was given 17 PIMs worth of infractions as Zadorov served the usual five for fighting. Zadorov now has 10 assists and 65 PIMs in 48 games.
Feb 4 - 7:19 PM

Nikita Zadorov picked up two assists in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks Monday night.

Zadorov has eight helpers and no goals in 44 games this season. He is still searching for his first goal of 2016-17, but he helped Jarome Iginla (power play) and Andreas Martinsen score in Monday's defeat.
Jan 24 - 12:17 AM

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.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:27:00 AM

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3Mikhail Grigorenko
4John Mitchell
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Rene Bourque
3Matthew Nieto
4Joe Colborne
5Andreas Martinsen
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Mikko Rantanen
3Jarome Iginla
4Blake Comeau
D1Erik Johnson
2Tyson Barrie
3Nikita Zadorov
4Francois Beauchemin
5Patrick Wiercioch
6Mark Barberio
7Fedor Tyutin
8Cody Goloubef
G1Calvin Pickard
2Jeremy Smith
3Semyon Varlamov