Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
FRANÇAIS Official Site of the Ottawa Senators

ALL regular season home game TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 BUY TICKETS > 
Inside the Senate
 

Draft Profile: Nikita Zadorov

Wednesday, 26.06.2013 / 1:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
X
Share with your Friends


Inside the Senate Blog
Draft Profile: Nikita Zadorov

They say you can’t teach size and, from that, we can conclude that London Knights defenceman Nikita Zadorov has a lot that cannot be taught.

Zadorov, a 6-foot-5, 230 pound rearguard, was a rock on the blueline for the Knights during their 2012-13 OHL Championship season. He didn’t post big numbers with six goals and 19 points in 63 games by virtue of his shutdown style, but Zadorov was a key part of the Knights season nonetheless, posting a plus-33 over that span for his efforts.

For a player his size, Zadorov moves much better than you may anticipate and he uses both to his advantage. Not only does he help get the puck heading up ice by chasing down opposing forwards and using his long reach to his advantage. What’s more frightening is Zadorov’s willingness to step up with the intention of throwing the big hit. Anytime a defenceman his size can raise a team’s snarl factor, they are an asset.

Zadorov’s primary weakness is his play with the puck. While he is a quality passer, his shot leaves much to be desired and he does not look comfortable carrying the puck on his stick. Despite his first year of North American hockey being a success in London, he’ll still have adjusting to do as the pace quickens and the space diminishes further from what he is familiar with.

As things stand Zadorov appears to project as a quality shutdown defenceman at the next level, though if his puck skills continue to improve its not inconceivable that he become more of a two-way talent. His size, mobility and general aggression will lend themselves to a high selection, it’s just a matter of how high his ceiling goes from there.

Expect Zadorov to be drafted by a team in the first half of round one.


More from Inside the Senate:Latest News/Features:

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06