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51 Nikita Zadorov D
Height/Weight: 6-4/200 | Birthdate: 4/15/1995 | Birthplace: Moscow, Russia | Team: Buffalo Sabres | College: None | NHL Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 8/2 | Average Draft Position: 173.50
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1/28/2015

Nikita Zadorov, D, BUF

Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Out Thursday

News: Nikita Zadorov will not play Thursday against the Oilers, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Nikita Zadorov, whose suspension was lifted by the Sabres earlier in the day, will be held out Thursday, as the team feels he may not be ready to play after experiencing travel issues over the All-Star break and only logging one practice since. While he won't play Thursday, he'll "more than likely" return Saturday in Vancouver.

1/28/2015

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Nikita Zadorov

Zadorov Back With Sabres

News: Nikita Zadorov's suspension has been lifted by the Sabres.
Analysis: Per the Buffalo News, Nikita Zadorov was bumped off an oversold flight from the Dominican Republic and thus did not make it back to Buffalo in a timely fashion following the NHL All-Star break. Now that he is back with the team, and reinstated, the blueliner is a candidate to return to the Sabres' lineup Thursday against the Oilers.

1/28/2015

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov To Join Team In Calgary

News: Nikita Zadorov will join the Sabres in Calgary for Tuesday's game and will have his team-imposed suspension lifted once he arrives, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Analysis: While it looks like all is forgiven after Nikita Zadorov didn't report back to the Sabres in time following the All-Star break, it still seems likely that he'll sit out Tuesday's game as a healthy scratch. It sounds like Zadorov simply had a issue with his flight rather than neglecting to return on time, but because he's previously irked the Sabres with his lack of maturity, the team was less understanding about his absence. Look for him to rejoin the lineup before the Sabres' road trip draws to a conclusion.

1/27/2015

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Nikita Zadorov

Zadorov Suspended By Sabres

News: The Sabres have suspended Nikita Zadorov for failing to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Nikita Zadorov, who has eight points in 34 games to date, shouldn't be out of commission too long, though. GM Tim Murray indicated that he expects the blueliner (who missed Monday's practice) to rejoin the team "at some point during this week's western road trip."

1/19/2015

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Picks Up Two Assists

News: Nikita Zadorov collected two assists and dished out four hits in Sunday's loss to Detroit.
Analysis: Nikita Zadorov now has two goals and eight points in 34 games, to go with a minus-11 rating. Averaging 19:29 of ice time, the 19-year-old has made some nice defensive contributions this season, recording 78 hits and 40 blocked shots. While he has great potential, Sunday marked just Zadorov's second multi-point effort of the season and his first points in seven games. He's got some value in some very deep leagues right now, but he will need to develop more before we can recommend him in most formats.

1/13/2015

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov To Sit And Think

News: Nikita Zadorov will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game Tuesday when the Sabres host the Red Wings, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Nikita Zadorov's game has faltered a little when he's not paired with Rasmus Ristolainen and he was made a healthy scratch after an ill-advised pinch led to a shorthanded goal by Travis Zajac. In general, Zadorov has made a good impression in his first full season with the Sabres, but he's only 19 and he's slipped of late, so the team wants him to watch and regroup. We don't think he'll be out much longer, but he'll get a second straight night off for this one. The 2013 first-rounder has six points though 31 games to go with 68 hits and 37 blocks.

12/13/2014

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov May Be Staying

News: Nikita Zadorov, who has been selected to play for Russia at the World Junior Championships at the end of December, may be staying with the Sabres now that the team has injuries to the blue line, The Buffalo News reports. Said the young blueliner on Saturday, "I'm playing here. With 'Webby' out, what's the reason that you would send me? I love my country and the chance to play for them. But I think it's better for me to play in the best league in the world, so why send me somewhere? It's better to play in the big time here and help my team win every game."
Analysis: Give the Sabres credit for being willing to at least consider letting Nikita Zadorov get some experience playing for his homeland, but with Tyson Strachan day-to-day and Mike Weber out for a few weeks, he's now much more needed in Buffalo compared to just a few days ago.

12/10/2014

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabers Might Allow Zadorov To Play For Homeland

News: The Sabres may be willing to give Nikita Zadorov some time off in order to play for Russia at the world junior championships, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Nikita Zadorov has earned a regular spot on the Buffalo blue line, but the Sabres are playing for the future and realize the experience their promising youngster would get in a leading role during the tournament may not be a bad thing. Zadorov only has one point in 17 games, but his plus-3 rating is pretty incredible for such a young player on a team where only three guys are in the black.

11/17/2014

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Sticking Around

News: Nikita Zadorov will stay with the Sabres for the foreseeable future, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Head coach Ted Nolan said Nikita Zadorov has "earned his keep" and will remain with the Sabres past the nine-game mark after Zadorov plays against the Sharks on Tuesday. The saga has finally come to a conclusion as Zadorov spent the first part of the month wondering where he would play for the season. With Josh Gorges (lower body) out of the lineup, Zadorov has stepped in and played in seven straight games. Though he has tons of potential, he's off the fantasy radar given his inexperience, potentially inconsistent playing time and the Sabres' mediocrity in general.

11/11/2014

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Seeing Regular Ice

News: Nikita Zadorov is set to play his fifth straight game Tuesday when the Sabres take on the Blues, The Buffalo News reports. He's expected to continue pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.
Analysis: Nikita Zadorov, the 16th pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, found himself in the press box a number of times at the start of the season, but he's getting some much-needed experience now. Playing with the equally promising Ristolainen seems to be a good move, as this team is going nowhere this season. We still don't know whether the Sabres plan on keeping Zadorov in Buffalo all season, but at least he's getting some run lately instead of wasting away in a suit.

10/31/2014

Nikita Zadorov, D, BUF

Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Still In Limbo

News: Nikita Zadorov's future is still being determined with no timeline, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: General manager Tim Murray said he still hasn't come to a decision regarding the 19-year-old Russian defenseman. Nikita Zadorov made his only appearance of the season against the Kings and played a little over six minutes as the team's seventh defenseman. Murray said the decision could be Saturday or could be three weeks, even though the OHL's London Knights are calling "every day." Zadorov doesn't have a release from his KHL team and the Sabres don't want him to develop in a league so far away with so little control.

10/27/2014

Nikita Zadorov, D, BUF

Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Game-Time Decision Tuesday

News: Nikita Zadorov is considered a game-time decision Tuesday against Toronto, reports The Buffalo News.
Analysis: Head coach Ted Nolan said Nikita Zadorov's situation is "day-to-day" and felt he played well in his only appearance this season against the Kings, despite playing just a little over six minutes. Zadorov's future is still TBD at the moment - the OHL is still an option, but it's believed that the KHL is also interested in his services.

10/25/2014

Nikita Zadorov, D, BUF

Nikita Zadorov

Sabres Will Sit Zadorov On Saturday

News: Nikita Zadorov will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Sharks, reports Paul Hamilton from WGR Sports Radio 550.
Analysis: The Sabres will go with the traditional six-man defensive corps against the Sharks after dressing seven defensemen in a 2-0 loss against the Kings on Thursday. Sam Reinhart will draw in for Nikita Zadorov, who played a little over six minutes against the Kings. The big Russian defenseman's future is in limbo at the moment as the Sabres try to decide what to do with him. They cannot send him to the AHL due to his age, so he will remain with Buffalo for the time being.

10/24/2014

Nikita Zadorov, D, BUF

Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Makes Inauspicious Debut

News: Nikita Zadorov played just 6:12 in his 2014-15 season debut as the Sabres' seventh defenseman in a 2-0 loss to the Kings on Thursday.
Analysis: It was more an effort to take some rust off Nikita Zadorov than anything as head coach Ted Nolan used him sparingly in a game that would've been a blow out had Jhonas Enroth not turned in such a solid performance. The big hulking Russian defender is still in limbo as the team decides what to do with him. There's some confusion as to where exactly Zadorov can play, depending on which team holds his rights, but he is still eligible for major junior due to his age.

10/23/2014

Nikita Zadorov, D, BUF

Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov To Make Season Debut

News: Nikita Zadorov will make his season debut Thursday against the Kings.
Analysis: Nikita Zadorov will replace Sam Reinhart in the lineup, as the Sabres dress seven defensemen. The 2013 first-round pick could clearly stand to benefit from consistent ice time, but it doesn't sound as though the Sabres are prepared to give him that at the NHL level. Unless Zadorov excels in his season debut and is able to parlay the performance into a regular lineup spot with the Sabres, expect him to report to the OHL's London Knights in the coming weeks.

10/19/2014

Nikita Zadorov, D, BUF

Nikita Zadorov

Sabres To Decide Zadorov's Fate In 48 Hours

News: Nikita Zadorov, who has been a healthy scratch for all season, will find out where he'll play this year in the new few days, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: In a twist of events, Nikita Zadorov's agent revealed that the London Knights may not be an option for Zadorov this year. The big bruising defenseman's rights are owned by SKA St. Petersburg, a KHL team captained by Ilya Kovalchuk that has gone 17-1-1 this season. Last year, St. Petersburg agreed to release Zadorov to the OHL, but that isn't the case this year. The Sabres want to keep a close eye on their prospects and don't want Zadorov to develop in a league so far away, but there may be no choice. The Sabres are waiting to see how Mark Pysyk and Jake McCabe rebound from their preseason injuries, but even if both falter it's hard to see the Sabres play Zadorov. Stay tuned.

10/17/2014

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Sits Fifth Straight Game

News: Nikita Zadorov will be healthy scratch Friday night, reports the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: The Sabres are raising some eyebrows with their handling of Nikita Zadorov, which has become eerily similar to Mikhail Grigorenko's situation last year. As a 19-year-old drafted from the CHL, Zadorov is not eligible for AHL play. The Sabres can keep him around for up to nine games before they have to make a decision whether or not to send him back to the OHL's London Knights. The Sabres will have played five games by Friday night and the Knights have played eight. Head coach Ted Nolan won't say exactly why Zadorov is sitting, but did mention that they were working on his conditioning. Curious, indeed. Want the Internet theory? There's scuttlebutt that the Knights are trading Zadorov, possibly to the Erie Otters, as a replacement for Aaron Ekblad if Ekblad sticks with the Panthers. The Sabres won't return Zadorov back to the OHL until they know where he's going.

10/7/2014

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Makes Roster

News: Nikita Zadorov appears to have clinched an Opening Night roster spot with the Sabres, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Analysis: The 19-year-old probably benefited from the surprise placement of Jake McCabe (undisclosed) on injured reserve, prompting coach Ted Nolan to carry an extra defenseman. Nikita Zadorov doesn't look to have the inside track on a regular pairing with the Sabres at the moment, and if that remains the case in the early stages of the season, the team could choose to return him to his junior club, where he'd receive more regular ice time.

9/11/2014

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Nikita Zadorov

Sabres' Zadorov Vying For Roster Spot

News: Nikita Zadorov believes with a good training camp and a good showing at the Traverse City Tournament, he can make the Sabres' roster, reports Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Nikita Zadorov openly admitted that his defensive positioning needs to improve to play in the NHL, though he did add that he learned a lot in his first year. The 19-year-old Russian defenseman is one of Buffalo's top prospects but faces tough competition if he wants to crack the lineup. In all likelihood, Zadorov will return to the OHL for his final year of major junior hockey. Other young defensemen vying for roster spots include Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe, Chad Ruhwedel and Mark Pysyk.