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