Nikita Zadorov
    Nikita Zadorov
    #16 | Nikita Zadorov
    Healthy
    Defense | Colorado Avalanche
    Stick Hand Left
    Date of Birth 4/16/1995
    Height, Weight 6'5", 230 lbs
    From Moscow, RUS
    Drafted 2013 - Rd 1 (16th Overall) by BUF
    2017-18 Season Career
    BS
    9
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    PIM
    15
    19th
    +/-
    1
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    BIOGRAPHY  
    Stick Hand Left
    Date of Birth 4/16/1995
    Height, Weight 6'5", 230 lbs
    From Moscow, RUS
    Drafted 2013 - Rd 1 (16th Overall) by BUF
    RotowireOct 6, 7:59p ET

    News

    Zadorov will be back in the lineup for Saturday's road game against the Devils, The Denver Post reports.

    Impact

    There were questions about how long Zadorov might sit out as a healthy scratch having reported to training camp late and out of shape, but it appears the stocky blueliner will have only missed Opening Night -- Thursday's 4-2 road win over the Rangers. It's not clear if coach Jared Bednar was trying to send the Russian a message, but we're guessing Zadorov knows he needs to step up after recording a mere 10 points (all assists) and a minus-20 rating over 56 games last year.

    RotowireOct 5, 10:08a ET

    News

    Zadorov will be scratched from Thursday's road opener versus the Rangers, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

    Impact

    Having had a late start to the preseason due to visa issues, Zadorov likely needs more time to get into game shape. The imposing defenseman -- he's 6-foot-5, 230 pounds -- went scoreless against 10 helpers and a minus-20 rating in 56 games with the Avalanche last season, but it's not as if he was in a good position to succeed as Colorado slumped through its worst season in franchise history.