Nikita Zadorov Draft Report | The Scouting Report

D Nikita Zadorov | Buffalo Sabres (NHL)

Shoots: Left
Date of Birth: 1995-04-16
Height: 6.05
Weight: 225 lbs.
TSR NHL Draft Rank: 8
NHL Entry Draft: 2013 BUF 1st / 16th

Scouting report

In our Mid-Term rankings, we lamented using the word 'Potential' to aptly describe what Nikita Zadorov is about, but we still feel the same way. Luckily for the team that selects one of the draft's most intriguing prospects, that potential is something that could very well come to fruition. Standing at 6-foot-5 and nearly 220 pounds, Zadorov is a rare breed of defensive prospects especially when you consider what would have to be considered above-average offensive potential.

Zadorov's mobility makes him an extremely exciting player even when he doesn't have the puck as no player on the opposition is safe when he's in the area. He consistently shows a willingness to throw his weight around and alter the momentum of the game with physically punishing bodychecks. His raw talent allows him to be a standout player in all 3 zones at the Major Junior level right now, but as he is groomed for professional hockey these will be areas of important development as the margin for error grows finer.

Player Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 CSKA Moskva QC Int PW- - -- -|        
 2011-2012 Krasnaya Armiya MoskvaMHL41 2 46 63|Playoffs8 0 00
  Russia U17WHC-175 0 33 8|        
  Russia U18WJC-186 2 02 4|        
 2012-2013 London KnightsOHL63 6 1925 54|Playoffs20 2 46 36 
  London KnightsM-Cup5 2 02 2|        
  Russia U18Hlinka Memorial4 0 33 0|        
  Russian SelectsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 London KnightsOHL36 11 1930 43|Playoffs9 4 59 12 
  Buffalo SabresNHL7 1 01 4|        
  London KnightsM-Cup3 0 00 4|        
  Russia U20WJC-207 4 15 6|        
  Russian SelectsJr Super Series1 0 33 0|        
 2014-2015 Buffalo SabresNHL60 3 1215 51|        
 2015-2016 Colorado AvalancheNHL- - -- -|        

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2014 NHL Draft Rankings

1. C Sam Reinhart Kootenay Ice
2. D Aaron Ekblad Barrie Colts
3. C Michael Dal Colle Oshawa Generals
4. C Leon Draisaitl Prince Albert Raiders
5. C William Nylander Rogle
6. LW Nick Ritchie Peterborough Petes
7. D Haydn Fleury Red Deer Rebels
8. D Roland McKeown Kingston Frontenacs
9. LW Sam Bennett Kingston Frontenacs
10. C Jared McCann Soo Greyhounds

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