Nikita Zadorov

#16 D / Colorado Avalanche / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 200 lb Age: 20 College: None

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    Avalanche's Nikita Zadorov: Reassigned to AHL San Antonio

    Zadorov was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Friday. With the return of Erik Johnson to the lineup for Saturday's game against Dallas, Zadorov is the odd man out on a roster that includes eight healthy defenseman. Since being recalled on Jan. 13, Zadorov failed to record a point in five games and skated to a minus-2 rating.

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    Avalanche's Nikita Zadorov: Recalled Wednesday

    Zadorov was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Wednesday. Zadorov played 11 games for the Avs earlier this season, recording two points, and receives another opportunity with Brandon Gormley being reassigned and Nate Guenin being placed on waivers. Zadorov is a big, talented defenseman who was taken 16th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft and could be a viable fantasy option as soon as this season.

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    Avalanche's Nikita Zadorov: Reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Saturday

    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.

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    Avalanche's Nikita Zadorov: Becomes top-four defensemen

    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.

  • 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.
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