Nikita Zadorov

Hayden Soboleski

2017-09-16

 

Nikita Zadorov, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-5

Weight: 228

Born: 1994-05-15

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Drafted: 2013 by Buffalo Sabres, 16th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

September 2017 – After a contract stand-off, Zadorov has signed a two-year deal in Colorado. He has officially earned graduate status as a full-time NHL d-man well on his way to achieving huge fantasy value in roto leagues. Hayden Soboleski

 

February 2017 – Zadorov is out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury sustained in practice. This is terrible news for the d-man who has really come into his own this year as a physical force – his blueline hits are reminiscent of Rob Blake and Nik Kronwall. His defensive game was also starting to flourish as he was getting serious ice time every night and learning to make fewer bad decisions. He only got the chance this season due to injures to his teammates, but Big Z will be a top-4 mainstay next season regardless of his peers' health.   Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2016 – Zadorov looks to be starting the 2016-17 season on the Avalanche roster after surviving multiple rounds of cuts and receiving pre-season minutes on the Avs' top defence pairings. He has not yet overcome the inconsistancy and occasional bad decision-making that led to him being in-and-out of the lineup last year, but he is making progress in all aspects of his game, and it appears that the new coaches realize the best way for him to achieve his potential is to get more NHL practice. If he manages to earn a permanent spot, he may evolve into a multi-category fantasy hockey monster, but this relies entirely on him proving he belongs on the ice. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2016 – Zadorov has once again been assigned o the AHL. Despite fitting in at times, his tendancy to give the puck up via bad decisions is keeping him from earning trust on the ice. Hayden Soboleski

January 2015 – In an effort to promote better play through competition, the Avalanche have recalled promising prospects Bigras and Zadorov from the AHL. The team now carries eight defencemen so ice-tie will have to be earned, but its nice to see those with upside being given a chance over other bottom-pairing options. After a disappointing start to his NHL season, "Big-Z" has been an outstaning fantasy prospect in the AHL (18 points, 48 PIM in 28 games) and hopes to earn back his NHL-mainstay status. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2015 – After 11 games spent with the Avalanche with only two points and a minus-five rating to show for it, Zadorov has been assigned to the AHL for the time being. He did not look out of place at times in the NHL, but his game lacked consistency and being a healthy scratch while the coach rotates defenders in and out of the lineup each game doesn't help. He has one goal in one AHL game so far, and will be given a much beter chance to develop with the Rampage. Hayden Soboleski

 

July 2015 – Zadorov played 60 games for Buffalo in the 2014-15 season, which was limited by mild injuries, healthy scratches, and a team suspension for missing practice. Consistency and work ethic remain question marks, but he is progressing towards his potential as a reliable defender with t