• Zadorov Traded To Colorado In Ryan O'Reilly Deal

    News: 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.
    Analysis: Colorado gave up a valuable piece in O'Reilly, but it also got a massive return. Nikita Zadorov struggled in his rookie season in Buffalo, but he has a ton of potential. There have been concerns about about Zadorov's immaturity off the ice, but he plays well at both ends of the rink and he immediately becomes one of Colorado's better young players. He probably won't have much fantasy value next season, but he's definitely a player to keep an eye on for the future. He's still just 20 years old.
  • Sabres' Zadorov Is An NHL Regular, Says Coach

    News: New head coach Dan Bylsma expects Nikita Zadorov to be a full-time player next season, reports Paul Hamilton of WGR 550.
    Analysis: Bylsma is general manager Tim Murray's first coaching hire, so what Bylsma says should carry a lot of weight, at least relative to former head coach Ted Nolan, whom Murray inherited and never quite saw eye-to-eye. Nikita Zadorov had plenty of maturity issues this past season, getting scratched twice for being late to team meetings. Zadorov is big and talented, and it sounds like he will get a lot of chances to prove his worth in the NHL next season.
  • Sabres' Zadorov Draws In Monday

    News: Nikita Zadorov will replace Tyson Strachan in the lineup Monday vs. Arizona, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
    Analysis: Nikita Zadorov played just 9:46 against the Coyotes on Thursday before sitting out Saturday's game against the Avalanche as a healthy scratch. Head coach Ted Nolan had a long chat with Zadorov after practice, perhaps in an attempt to clear up what is expected of the talented but inconsistent defenseman. This has been the theme all year long, with Zadorov sitting the odd game here and there as Nolan tries to mold him into a pro. While Zadorov has plenty of upside, it's unlikely he'll realize it this year and will likely play a minor role on the team's third pairing against Arizona.
  • Sabres' Zadorov Likely To Be Scratched Saturday

    News: Nikita Zadorov is expected to serve as a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Avalanche, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: In what has become a recurring theme this season, coach Ted Nolan expressed frustration with Nikita Zadorov's play during Thursday's loss to the Coyotes, and it appears it will cost the young defenseman his lineup spot. Despite Thursday's game going to overtime, Zadorov saw his ice time decline for a third straight game, as he finished with 9:46 of action on the evening. Look for Tyson Strachan to swap in for Zadorov on the Sabres' third defensive pairing.
  • Zadorov Returns For Sabres

    News: Nikita Zadorov, who was scratched the previous four games due to both a team-imposed suspension and coaching decisions, returned to action Saturday for Buffalo's 5-3 loss to the Panthers. He logged an assist and 15:09 of ice time, including 3:14 on the power play.
    Analysis: Apparently, Nikita Zadorov has proved to coach Ted Nolan he's figured out how to work an alarm clock and as long as the 19-year-old keeps showing up on time, should continue to stay in the lineup as the team gives him valuable experience in a lost season. The youngster has eight points in the last 10 games he's played, so he's starting to merit attention in certain formats.
  • Sabres' Zadorov Could Return Saturday

    News: Nikita Zadorov, a healthy scratch Thursday, saw teammate Mark Pysyk get demoted to the AHL on Friday, which could pave the way for Zadorov's return, reports the Olean Times Herald.
    Analysis: Nikita Zadorov was going to return to the lineup sooner or later, but that it came at the expense of Pysyk was the huge surprise. Regardless, the move also shows how much the Sabres want Zadorov to play, as he is expected to be one of the team's top defensemen in the future. Zadorov skated with Andrej Meszaros in practice Friday.
  • Sabres Scratch Zadorov Against Canucks

    News: Nikita Zadorov will be a healthy scratch Thursday against Vancouver, reports The Buffalo News.
    Analysis: Nikita Zadorov has finished serving his team-imposed, two-game suspension for being late to a meeting, but head coach Ted Nolan has been happy with how the defense has been playing and will keep Zadorov out of the lineup. Mark Pysyk has been particularly impressive in limited showings and will remain active, while the surprise return of Mike Weber (upper body) will close off another potential opening for the young defenseman. Zadorov won't sit for too long because the Sabres want him to play and gain experience, but the team has played well recently, and you don't fix what isn't broken.
  • Sabres' Zadorov Poised To Return To Lineup

    News: Nikita Zadorov is poised to return to the lineup Thursday against the Canucks, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: Nikita Zadorov had sat out the last three games -- two as part of a team-mandated suspension. However, with Wednesday's demotion of Jake McCabe to AHL Rochester and Mike Weber (upper body) and Tyson Strachan (infection) still on the mend, an opening should exist for Zadorov to play Thursday. The 19-year-old has three goals and 13 points in 42 games this season.
  • Sabres' Zadorov To Serve As A Healthy Scratch

    News: Nikita Zadorov will serve as a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: Nikita Zadorov did take part in pregame warmups, so it would seem that he's no longer being placed under suspension by the Sabres. The defenseman's immaturity has irked the organization on multiple occasions this season, but he's still been one of the team's more productive blueliners, notching three goals and 10 assists over 42 games.
  • Sabres' Zadorov Feels Tardy

    News: Zadarov was suspended by the team for Sunday's shootout loss to Nashville because he was late for the morning team meeting after his alarm clock didn't go off. Coach Ted Nolan has not decided whether Nikita Zadorov will skate Tuesday against Columbus, The Buffalo News reports. Said Nolan, "The defense last game, I thought they all played pretty well, so to make a change just to make a change, I don't think we'll do that."
    Analysis: Translation: "We had this happen last month when you missed a flight, so you'll play again when I say you're good and ready to play again." The Sabres are in the middle of a lost season, and while Nikita Zadorov has been playing strong lately with seven points in his last nine games and has profusely apologized to the team for the transgressions, the team probably considers getting the player on the right mental track more important. We wouldn't be surprised if the 19-year-old blueliner sits for one more game.