|Assets:||Has the great size NHL teams love, as well as a plethora of shutdown potential. His great reach helps thwart offensive opportunities against his team.|
|Flaws:||Is still somewhat raw in all facets of the game, so he needs to hone his skills. Needs to become a more intimidating physical force for the NHL.|
|Career Potential:||Mammoth project defenseman with big upside.|
|OHL||First All-Rookie Team||2012-13|
|OHL||Second All-Star Team||2013-14|
|11/19/2013||Assigned to London (OHL).|
|10/19/2013||Missed 9 games (finger injury).|
|10/01/2013||Finger injury, injured reserve.|
|9/25/2013||Signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/30/2013||Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1st round (16th overall) in 2013.|
Nikita Zadorov will return to the OHL | 01/06/2014 10:02 AM
NewsNikita Zadorov will head back to the OHL now that the World Junior Championships is over.
ImpactHe produced four goals and one assist in seven games for Team Russia. Zadorov had one goal in seven appearances with Buffalo prior to being returned to the OHL's London Knights. He has six points and 16 penalty minutes in eight OHL outings.
Nikita Zadorov leads Russia into WJC semis | 01/02/2014 11:12 AM
NewsBuffalo prospect Nikita Zadorov scored a pair of power-play goals to lead Russia over the United States in quarterfinal play at the World Junior Championships.
ImpactHe scored on a couple of bullet shots during 5-on-3 advantages to give the Russians a 5-3 victory. Fellow Sabres' draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko also scored for Russia in the contest. The Americans are eliminated from medal contention, while Russia will face the winner of Slovakia and Sweden in the semifinal round.
Nikita Zadorov returns to OHL London | 11/19/2013 12:30 PM
NewsNikita Zadorov will return to the OHL London Knights.
ImpactZadorov scored a goal in seven games with the Sabres. Because he has played in fewer than 10 games, this won't count as the first season of his entry-level contract.
Rookie Nikita Zadorov is tired of sitting | 11/08/2013 8:38 AM
NewsNikita Zadorov has been a healthy scratch for two consecutive games and three of Buffalo's last four contests.
Impact"For us young guys, I think it's good to be watching games upstairs, but we want to play," Zadorov said. "For sure it's hard for me. It's OK for me to just keep practicing, keep working hard and keep my head up. For sure it's hard to do because I want to play hockey. I want to play every game here. I want to help these guys." He has one goal and a minus-3 rating in his six games.
Sabres will scratch Nikita Zadorov on Thurs. | 10/31/2013 3:35 PM
NewsNikita Zadorov will be a healthy scratch Thursday night.
Impact"He needs to be better," coach Ron Rolston said. "A lot of aspects, just a lot of his details right now, practice and game situations. He needs to get some perspective, you know? With all our players, especially our young guys, we don't want guys getting comfortable." The rookie blueliner has one goal, 17 hits and a minus-2 rating in five games with the Sabres. Buffalo may keep him for a nine-game tryout before returning him to his OHL team in London.
Nikita Zadorov scores first NHL goal | 10/24/2013 10:05 AM
NewsNikita Zadorov netted his first career NHL goal on his first shot in Buffalo's 5-2 loss to Boston Wednesday night.
ImpactHe logged 17:44 of ice time, while finishing the contest with four hits and a minus-1 rating. Zadorov would like to remain with the Sabres for the rest of the season and he has two games of his nine-game trial under his belt. "They just told me if you stay here just play hard every shift and practice hard," Zadorov said. "We'll see what coaches think and Darcy about that. I just do my job."
Sabres add Nikita Zadorov to active roster | 10/19/2013 6:03 PM
NewsNikita Zadorov has been added to Buffalo's roster for Saturday's game against Colorado.
Buffalo Sabres PR On Twitter
ImpactHe is poised to make his NHL debut after being taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 draft. Zadorov suffered a "smashed" finger tip on his left hand during training camp, but stayed up with the team. Buffalo wants to give him some NHL action and then it's expected that he'll be returned to the junior ranks.
Nikita Zadorov may make NHL debut Saturday | 10/19/2013 1:48 PM
NewsCoach Ron Rolston hinted that Nikita Zadorov could be inserted into the lineup Saturday night.
ImpactHe was asked if Zadorov's NHL debut was imminent and he said, "could be tonight" after stating that the Sabres could "possibly" be using seven defensmen against the Colorado Avalanche. Buffalo would need to make a roster move prior to the game, so that Zadorov can be taken off their injured non-roster list.
Zadorov now considered day-to-day | 10/19/2013 8:57 AM
NewsNikita Zadorov will not play Saturday night against Colorado but Wednesday against Boston is a possibility.
ImpactZadorov injured his hand in the pre-season and has not yet played a game with the Sabres. it looks as if Buffalo coach Ron Rolston wants to give him a chance to dress for at least one NHL contest before returning him to his junior team, the London Knights. Zadorov remains a highly-thought of defence prospect. If you can stash him on reserve, do so.
N. Zadorov practices with Sabres Wednesday | 10/09/2013 5:22 PM
NewsNikita Zadorov (hand) took part in Wednesday's practice.
ImpactZadorov suffered the injury during training camp and that's kept him with the team as a member of the injured reserve. Once he's healthy, he will probably be returned to the OHL London Knights. Zadorov was taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Nikita Zadorov (hand) out for about two weeks | 09/28/2013 3:43 PM
NewsAccording to coach Ron Rolston, Nikita Zadorov is expected to be sidelined for about two weeks because of a "smashed" finger tip on his left hand.
ImpactThe Sabres may decide to put him on injured reserve to continue skating with the team for a couple of weeks and not have him count against the 23-man roster limit. He's expected to return to his junior team, but could gain some valuable practice experience if he stays around a little longer.
Nikita Zadorov suffers hand injury | 09/27/2013 10:44 PM
NewsJust days after signing his entry-level contract, Nikita Zadorov suffered a hand injury.
Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
ImpactThe 16th overall pick hurt his hand blocking a shot. It would be surprising if he made a dent in the lineup this season, but it's still something to monitor.
Buffalo agrees to terms with Nikita Zadorov | 09/25/2013 4:59 PM
NewsNikita Zadorov has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
ImpactZadorov was selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He has 25 points and 54 penalty minutes in 63 OHL games. "Watching Nikita throughout training camp and the preseason has solidified our opinion that he will be a good, young hockey player for our organization going forward," Regier said. "He has exceptional presence on the ice and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a player."
Nikita Zadorov wins it for Sabres rookies | 09/06/2013 11:00 PM
NewsNikita Zadorov scores two goals for the Buffalo Sabres' rookie team, including the overtime game-winner, in a 6-5 OT win against the New York Rangers' rookies.
ImpactZadorov wasn't the only Sabres prospect who had a strong Friday night. Nicolas Baptiste scored two goals and one assist and Eric Locke had a tally and three helpers. Logan Nelson was Buffalo's other player to find the net.
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|11/12/2013||Buf||LA||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/07/2013||Buf||LA||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/05/2013||Buf||SJ||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|10/31/2013||Buf||NYR||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Rus Jr.||Total||Rus Jr.||41||2||4||6||20||63||0||0||1||-||23||0.15|
|Rus Jr.||Total||Rus Jr.||8||0||0||0||2||8||0||0||0||-||2||0.00|
|Goals||1||vs. Bos||Oct 23|
|Assists||0||7 times-last:at Ana||last:Nov 8|
|Points||1||vs. Bos||Oct 23|
|Penalty Minutes||2||2 times-last:at Ana||last:Nov 8|
|Plus/Minus||0||3 times-last:at TB||last:Oct 26|
|Power Play Goals||0||7 times-last:at Ana||last:Nov 8|
|Power Play Points||0||7 times-last:at Ana||last:Nov 8|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||7 times-last:at Ana||last:Nov 8|
|Shorthanded Points||0||7 times-last:at Ana||last:Nov 8|
|Shots||2||at Ana||Nov 8|
|Penalty Minutes||4||2013-14 (Buf)|
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