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Sabres sign first-rounder Zadorov

Sep 25, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a three-year, entry-level contract, the club announced today.

Big and physical, Zadorov was the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, from the London Knights of the OHL.

“Watching Nikita throughout training camp and the preseason has solidified our opinion that he will be a good, young hockey player for our organization going forward,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said in a release. “He has exceptional presence on the ice and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a player.”

Zadorov is likely to be returned to London before he burns a year of his ELC.

  1. westinpat - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Knew this was going to happen soon. He’s been good so far but another year in London won’t hurt his development either.

  2. thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    This pick looks like it was a no-brainer looking back. Almost like what Robin Regehr was supposed to be, and ultimately fell short of. He definitely breaks the mold on what a “Russian defenseman” is supposed to play like.

  3. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    I was really hoping the flyers picked Ristolainin or zadorov in the draft but buff snagged risto first and was hoping wed take zadorov but we instead went with Morin which I was dissipointed at first but now after seeing him play I’m glad we got him. I think buffalo made out real good in the draft. I really think they are gonna have two really big solid tough defensemen to play against in the near future with those too especially if Myers can get back to his Calder trophy year then the sabres have a bright future on defense

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