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Nikita Zadorov

Nikita Zadorov  #16

Colorado Avalanche  Defenseman
NUMBER: 16 BIRTHDATE: April 16, 1995  (AGE 20)
HEIGHT: 6' 5" BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: BUF / 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (16th overall)    Prospect Bio
- Leads the Avs with 34 hits. - Made his Avalanche debut on Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota. - Is only the second Avalanche player to have his last name start with the letter "Z" (Greg Zanon). - Was acquired from Buffalo this past June. - Appeared in 60 games as a rookie for the Sabres in 2014-15, tallying 15 points (3g/12a) with 51 penalty minutes. - Led all NHL rookie defensemen with 134 hits, fourth most on the team. - Finished sixth among NHL rookie blueliners in points, was tied for fourth in assists, tied for second in power-play goals (2) and ranked fifth in average time-on-ice (17:42).
OHL All-Rookie Team (2013) OHL Second All-Star Team (2014) Traded to Colorado by Buffalo with Mikhail Grigorenko, JT Compher and Buffalo's 2nd round choice (later traded to San Jose San Jose selected Jeremy Roy) in 2015 Entry Draft for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn, June 26, 2015.
Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
World Cup of Hockey 2016