Nikita Zaitsev
Nikita Zaitsev
Nikita Zaitsev
Nikita Zaitsev
26-Year-Old D
2017–18 NHL Stats
2018–19 NHL Projections
G
5
A
8
PP Pts
0
+/-
8
PIM
31
G
A
PP Pts
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PIM
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Zaitsev's production with the Leafs plummeted in 2017-18 and that made his queasy defensive abilities feel like a season-long stomach flu. Zaitsev had the worst relative Corsi on the entire team. Furthermore, his 13 points in 60 games paled beside his 36-point rookie year.... read more
Zaitsev's production with the Leafs plummeted in 2017-18 and that made his queasy defensive abilities feel like a season-long stomach flu. Zaitsev had the worst relative Corsi on the entire team. Furthermore, his 13 points in 60 games paled beside his 36-point rookie year. Zaitsev wasn't the only defensive liability on the Leafs squad, but he was the one who became the focus of negative fans. Just Google his name and you'll see that every other article and comment screams, ‘trade the bum!” Expect an offensive rebound for the beleaguered right-shooting defender, but it won't be huge, as Zaitsev isn't likely to get much power-play time. While his defense is unlikely to improve, he will be among the top four unless the team adds some serious strength on its blue line. We guess there's some value in that, if only in really deep formats.
SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6'2"   WT: 195 lbs.   DOB: 10/29/1991   Show Contract
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Nikita Zaitsev Contract Info:
Signed a seven-year contract extension worth $4.5 million annually with the Maple Leafs in May of 2017.
Getting ready for World Championship
DToronto Maple Leafs
April 27, 2018
Zaitsev will travel to Denmark on Saturday to prepare for the next month's World Championship, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
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Nikita Zaitsev NHL Stats
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Nikita Zaitsev 2017–18 NHL Game Log
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Nikita Zaitsev 2017–18 Depth Chart Status
#2 Right Defenseman
TOR Right Defenseman Depth Chart
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  1. Nikita Zaitsev 2018–19 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Nikita Zaitsev 2017–18 Preseason Outlook
    Zaitsev was a revelation in 2016-17. His 36 points were the third best rookie scoring total among rearguards behind only Zach Werenski (47) and Brady Skjei (39), and he averaged a remarkable 22 minutes per game in the Buds' top four. Zaitsev's skating is strong, so he was often sent over the boards to deal with the opponent's best, so he was run down by the time the Leafs were done. Zaitsev headed back home to Russia this summer with a few goals in mind -- getting bigger and stronger, building on his skating and improving his shot. His new seven-year contract extension ($4.5 million per season) means he's a big part of the Leafs' future, and we expect a jump in his production this season, including on the power play. Best of all, Zaitsev's return-on-investment should be high given his expected lower draft position.
  3. Nikita Zaitsev 2016–17 Preseason Outlook
    Zaitsev is a silky-smooth, two-time KHL All-Star who controls the game from the back end using great skating and excellent poise. He's not physical, but he's good with his stick, breaking up plays with body positioning and angling. Zaitsev has a good shot and can walk the line on the power play, and he's a coveted right shot. He has the potential to be a top-four defender in time if he can adjust to the physicality of playing on the smaller NHL ice. Zaitsev's KHL experience will give him a leg up on several guys in training camp and he might even start the season as the team's No. 4 defender. He will struggle at times – he just moved halfway around the world to one of North America's biggest cities, just to play hockey. But Zaitsev could be a 20-minute, 35-to-40 point defender in a few short years.
Nikita Zaitsev News Updates
Two helpers in Game 6 win
DToronto Maple Leafs
April 23, 2018
Zaitsev notched two assists in Monday's 3-1 win over the Bruins in Game 6.
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Sets new career high in goals
DToronto Maple Leafs
March 31, 2018
Zaitsev scored a goal in a 5-4 victory over the Islanders on Friday night.
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Expected back in action Thursday
DToronto Maple Leafs
March 22, 2018
Coach Mike Babcock indicated Thursday that he expects Zaitsev (illness) to play in the evening's matchup against the Predators, James Mirtle of The Athletic Canada reports.
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Game-time call
DToronto Maple Leafs
Illness
March 21, 2018
Zaitsev (illness) will be a game-time decision against the Predators on Thursday, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.
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