BUFFALO, N.Y. - An apologetic Buffalo Sabres rookie defenceman Nikita Zadorov intends to invest in a few more alarm clocks after being disciplined by the team for showing up late to a meeting.
The 2013 first-round draft pick on Monday called it "my mistake" and says he has "100 per cent no excuses" in explaining how he slept after his alarm clock failed to go off a day earlier. Zadorov apologized to his teammates and isn't ruling out using three alarm clocks.
The 19-year-old was held out from playing in a 2-1 shootout loss against Nashville. Coach Ted Nolan hasn't determined if Zadorov will play at Columbus on Tuesday.
In January, Zadorov was held out for two games after being late reporting to the team because of a cancelled flight following the All-Star break.