19-Year-Old Defenseman – Buffalo Sabres
Nikita Zadorov Contract Information:
Signed three-year, entry-level contract in September 2013.
Zadorov, who has been a healthy scratch all season, will find out where he'll play this year in the new few days, the Olean Times Herald reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Zadorov was the second of two defensemen selected by the Sabres in the first round of June’s NHL Draft. The 6’5”, 221 pound Russian is a physical force on the blue line and is coming off a season in which he helped the London Knights to an OHL Championship. Zadorov is more of a project than the Sabres’ other first-rounder, Rasmus Ristolainen, and is likely two or three seasons away from competing for a spot with the big club. His long-term potential is that of a physical, shut-down defender, but the current season will likely see a return to the OHL to continue his development.