Zadorov was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Saturday. With seven other healthy blueliners on their 23-man roster, the Avalanche is no longer in need of Zadorov's services as a depth defender. He was a healthy scratch for three of Colorado's last four games, indicating the team feels as though they currently have better options at Zadorov's position. The 20-year-old defender has tallied two assists and seven shots on goal in 11 games with the Avalanche this season.
Zadorov will be paired with Tyson Barrie for Wednesday's game against Boston, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. Zadorov will skate with Tyson Barrie on the second defensive pairing, moving him into a top-four roll after playing with Nick Holden on the third line to start the season. After showing a strong defensive performance in the first two games, Coach Patrick Roy believes Zadorov is ready to handle a larger roll and should be a nice complement to the offensive minded Barrie.
Nikita Zadorov was traded to Colorado on Friday along with Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher, and the 31st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
New head coach Dan Bylsma expects Nikita Zadorov to be a full-time player next season, reports Paul Hamilton of WGR 550.
Nikita Zadorov will replace Tyson Strachan in the lineup Monday vs. Arizona, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
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