Zadorov produced an assist in a 5-4 overtime win over the Predators on Wednesday. With eight points, 61 blocked shots, and 147 hits through 46 games, Zadorov is performing as expected in his first year with the Blackhawks. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, Big Z can do it all from the defensive position but don't expect huge fantasy numbers as he's starting nearly 60 percent of his even-strength shifts in his own zone.
Zadorov scored a goal on two shots, doled out six hits and went plus-2 in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Red Wings. Zadorov's goal at 11:41 of the first period was his first tally as a Blackhawk. The 25-year-old blueliner has added five assists, 27 shots on net, 83 hits and 32 blocked shots in 23 contests. He mostly fills a defensive role, although he's capable of above-average production in hits and PIM.
Zadorov (undisclosed) was back on the ice for Monday's practice session, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports. Zadorov might not be the most offensively gifted blueliner but he still managed four goals and nine assists in 64 appearances last year for the Avs. The 25-year-old Russian can probably chip in between 10-15 points in the shortened campaign which makes him a mid-range fantasy option at best.
Zadorov (undisclosed) is considered unfit to participate in Wednesday's practice. Zadorov has been a full participant in the first two days of camp and didn't appear to suffer an injury Tuesday, so this may be more about maintenance than anything else. For now, there's no reason to believe Zadorov won't be available for next Wednesday's season opener against the Lightning.
The Avalanche traded Zadorov and Anton Lindholm to the Blackhawks for Brandon Saad and Dennis Gilbert on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. According to Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times, Zadorov signed the Blackhawks' one-year, $3.2 million qualifying offer following the trade. The 25-year-old blueliner was inconsistent with the Avalanche last season, recording 13 points over 64 games, but he performed better in the postseason with five points over 15 contests. Zadorov will continue developing in Chicago and could be a key piece of the team's rebuild if he can shake off the highs and lows of his game.
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