Nikita Zadorov
Image: NHL

Nikita Zadorov

Hometown:

Moscow Russia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-04-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

1st round (16th overall), 2013

Weight:

228 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2010-11: Nikita Zadorov skated for the CSKA-Moscow U16 and U17 teams and played for Russia in the U16 Four Nationals tournament. In 45 games he scored 5 goals with 22 assists and had 62 penalty minutes. In five games in the Russian (U17) championship he had 2 assists and was plus-four with 4 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Zadorov played for CSKA-Red Army in Russia’s MHL (U22 minor league) as a 16-year-old and represented Russia in the U17 World Hockey Challenge and 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was plus-20 with 63 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games and in eight playoff games was plus-two with 8 penalty minutes. He skated in six games at the WHC and had 3 assists with 12 penalty minutes. In six games at the U18 WJC he scored 2 goals and was plus-four. Zadorov was selected by the London Knights (OHL) in the 1st Round (ninth overall) in the 2012 CHL Import Draft.

2012-13: Zadorov was one of the top defenseman for a London Knights team that finished with the Ontario Hockey League’s best record. In 63 regular season games he was plus-33 and scored 6 goals with 19 assists; amassing 54 penalty minutes. Zadorov was a candidate for Russia’s U20 team but was not selected for the team that competed in Ufa. He was ranked 30th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft, and 22nd in the CSS final rankings.

 

Talent Analysis

Zadorov is the not-so-gentle giant on the Knights’ blueline. He’s a personable kid off the ice, but certainly one that you wouldn’t want to mess with on it. Zadorov had an up-and-down year with the Knights this season as he seemed to be searching for an identity.

At 6’5 and over 230 pounds, the Moscow-born Zadorov has the physicality to dominate. And, at times, his zeal to lay out his opponents with the big hit can take him out of the play. But as the year progressed, Zadorov learned to reign in his physicality and became a much more effective stay-at-home blueliner.

He has a solid shot, but doesn’t project as a number-one blueliner. However, he should fit very nicely on a top pairing as the defensively responsible, crease-clearer for whom so many teams are looking.

 

Future

Zadorov is not expected to play in the NHL this year though a good camp may force the Sabres to think twice. Instead, Zadorov will most likely return to the London Knights to further acclimate himself to the North American game. He is still scratching the surface of what he can do, especially offensively.

Buffalo Sabres flaunt deep prospect pool despite recent trade

by Jason Chen
on

Justin Bailey has scored 12 goals and 14 assists in 20 games since being traded to the Soo Greyhounds at the trade deadline.

Photo: Justin Bailey has scored 12 goals and 14 assists in 20 games since being traded to the Soo Greyhounds at the trade deadline. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Only a team with a wealth of young talent like the Buffalo Sabres could have put together a package appetizing enough to wrestle Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian away from Winnipeg. Outgoing prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux are promising young players, but the organization has plenty of others—and the best are still in the fold. Read more»

Many young players seeing ice time for rebuilding Buffalo Sabres team

by Jason Chen
on

Nikita Zadorov - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov is one of several young players to suit up for the Buffalo Sabres this season. Zadorov is a first round pick from the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

 

The Buffalo Sabres have not won a game in the 2015 calendar year, but all eyes are on the future, as the rebuild continues. A string of injuries and poor performances by the Sabres’ veterans opened up opportunities for some of the organization’s top AHL players to showcase their skill in the big leagues, and although the results have been mixed, generally speaking the franchise is in good shape for the future.

Read more»

The Top Five Biggest Hitters among NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
on

Nikita Zadorov - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov (#51) has developed a reputation for being able to deliver the big hit early in his career, but there should be more to his game as he continues to develop (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

A big hit can rile up a crowd just as much as a big goal. There’s just something about two freight trains colliding that can turn an entire game around. We’ve all seen it; the big hit along the boards, the one that rattles the glass like an earthquake, and causes the first few rows to flinch and spill their drinks. The one you can practically feel through your TV. The one that gets you on your feet and excited. Read more»

Rebuilding Buffalo Sabres boast deep, talented group of prospects

by Jason Chen
on

Jake McCabe - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Jake McCabe is one of several Buffalo Sabres defensive prospects who are pushing for spots in the NHL. McCabe was a second round pick from 2012. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

Once the Buffalo Sabres are done collecting their puzzle pieces, it will be a matter of figuring out how they will all fit together. The Sabres have the cornerstones in place with Sam Reinhart at center and Rasmus Ristolainen on defense, but the short-term focus is to make sure that every prospect in the organization takes a step forward.

Read more»

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Several 2014 draft picks debut in 21-30 section of Fall rankings

by HF Staff
on

Michael Dal Colle - New York Islanders

Photo: Forward Michael Dal Colle was selected fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders following a 95-point season in the OHL. Dal Colle is currently playing for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by 2014 NHL Draft pick Michael Dal Colle, one of several recent draft picks to make their top 50 debut.

Read more»

Related Articles