Nikita Zadorov
Born April 16, 1995 (1995-04-16) (age 24)
Moscow, Russia
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 230 lb (104 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2013
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2012–present

Nikita Zadorov (born on April 16, 1995) is a Russian ice hockey player who currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Nikita played in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the London Knights. He was selected in the first round (4th overall) of the 2012 KHL Junior Draft by HC CSKA Moscow.

On October 19, 2013, he made his NHL debut skating with the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

After spending much of the rest of that season in the OHL with the Knights, Nikita made the Sabres' opening-night roster in the 2014–15 season as a permanent addition to the roster.

Nikita initially only saw limited playing time and was primarily on the team for practice only (he was not yet eligible for the American Hockey League and a tie-up involving his Kontinental Hockey League rights prevented him from being returned to juniors).

Nikita's playing time increased later in the season as the team's coaching staff decided to keep him regardless of his junior situation.

At the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, he was traded as a central piece by the Sabres in a package that included Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick in the draft to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Ryan O'Reilly & Jamie McGinn on June 26, 2015.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12Krasnaya ArmiyaMHL412466380008
2012–13London KnightsOHL6361925542024636
2013–14Buffalo SabresNHL71014
2013–14London KnightsOHL3611193043945912
2014–15Buffalo SabresNHL603121551
NHL totals 67 4 12 16 55


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Russia WHC17 Template:Goca 5 0 3 3 8
2012 Russia IH18 5th 4 0 3 3 0
2012 Russia WJC18 5th 6 2 0 2 4
2014 Russia WJC Template:Brca 7 4 1 5 6
Junior totals 22 6 7 13 18

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Template:Country data Russia
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2014 Malmö
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