LD Nikita Zadorov - London Knights, OHL (2013, 16th overall, Buffalo)
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09-21-2012, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by
Marc the Habs Fan
Remparts are another team that could do it with Duclair, Erne and Sorensen.
Really looking forward to seeing Zadorov play in the OHL. I presume Sportsnet will show a ton of Knights games as usual. Any reports on his adaptation so far (mainly speaking english)?
I read an interview in August that said basically his English wasn't fantastic but it was functional, although he'd been using a translator - I'll try to dig it up for you.
ETA: here it is...from the London Free Press:
New Russians feel culture shock here
Bobkov knows the feeling well. Two years ago, the massive Anaheim Ducks prospect rolled in to battle Michael Houser for the No. 1 job in the Knights net while trying to adjust to life in North America for the first time.
"I think Nikita will do well," said Bobkov, who came in to backstop the Russians to their stunning gold medal at the 2011 world juniors in Buffalo. "It takes some time. It took me about two months before I felt a little more confident. The food is different. The language, I found that difficult at the start. You need English here to understand what the coaches are telling you and I didn't speak it very well in the beginning.
"But Vladdy (Namestnikov) was here and that really helped me.
"His English was better than my Russian."
The Knights have asked Bobkov and Namestnikov, before their NHL rookie camp assignments begin, to assist Zadorov with the transition. London's other likely import - returning Finnish defenceman Olli Maatta - adapted remarkably quickly last year and, by the spring, had put together one of the best playoffs in London history.
"He (Zadorov), his English isn't too bad," London head coach Dale Hunter said. "It's not 100 % by any means, but it's better than (anticipated). He can understand some things. That's going to take time, it always does, but the big thing is it looks like he wants to be here and he's happy.
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