Zadorov played just 10:10 on Thursday and will come out of the lineup tonight in Minnesota. The huge defenseman has collected just two assists in 16 games this season and will be replaced by Eric Gelinas tonight.
The Avalanche have assigned Nikita Zadorov to San Antonio (AHL).
Zadorov served as a healthy scratch in three of the last four games. He was a minus-3 in just 10:36 on Thursday and and is a minus-5 on the season. Zadorov was a key piece in the Ryan O’Reilly trade, but is viewed as a bit of a project. He has an extremely projectable frame and a nasty side to his game, but he hasn’t fully developed into an everyday NHL defenseman yet. The AHL will allow him more ice time and freedom to grow.
Zadorov will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
After Zadorov registered two assists and a minus-2 rating in the first 10 games with the Avs, he was scratched on Sunday and will be again tonight. Zadorov has all the tools to become a great NHL defenseman, but he remains a work in progress.
Zadorov will be back in the Sabres lineup on Saturday.
Zadorov was a healthy scratch in the last four games, but will be back in the lineup tonight in Florida. He has 13 points (3G / 10A) in 42 games this season. He will be a good player in this league, but the Sabres clearly think he has some growing up to do.
The Sabres have suspended Nikita Zadorov for failure to report.
Zadorov was in the Dominican Republic during the All Star break. He was unable to return in-time to make practice on Monday, so he has been suspended by the team. He will not play tonight, but is expected to join the team at some point during their road-trip this week.
Nikita Zadorov has been assigned to the London Knights (OHL).
Zadorov was the 16th overall pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft. He only played in seven games with the Sabres so the first year of his entry level contract will not be in effect this season. He heads back to London where he had six goals and 25 points in 63 games last season.
Nikita Zadorov, who made his NHL debut on Saturday, will remain in the lineup tonight vs. Boston.
Zadorov was the 16th pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft, is a big, physical defenseman who loves to throw his weight around. The Sabres have nine-games to decide whether or not they want to keep Zadorov on the roster and burn the first year of his entry-level contract, or send him back to juniors. He had no points in 11:01 TOI in his NHL debut.
Zadorov, who just signed his entry-level contract on Wednesday, is going to be out for about two weeks after needing stitches to repair what Rolston called a "smashed" finger tip on his left hand. Zadorov suffered the injury blocking a shot on the penalty kill Friday night in Carolina. Rather than sending Zadorov back to junior, the Sabres could simply keep him here skating for the two weeks on injured reserve and not have him count against the 23-man roster limit.
Zadorov was the 16th overall pick in this year's draft. He is a huge defenseman at 6-foot-5, 228 lbs. who loves to play extremely physically. He possesses a big shot but is not expected to contribute a ton offensively as he is more of a stay at home defenseman.