2013 NHL Draft Talk Part VI: Continued draft day discussion -- rumors, picks, etc...
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06-27-2013, 12:41 PM
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Except precisely no one will agree he is the best D in the draft. He projects to be more of a 4/5 while Jones projects to be franchise.
Here's a few quotes to back up my statement of him not being projected to be a 4/5-
Career Projection – Zadorov doesn’t have many flaws in his game and is pretty well rounded, but I think a realistic projection for Zadorov is a #3 defenseman who can play 2nd unit power play and play on the top penalty killing unit. Should Zadorov continue to improve offensively, he could be capable of becoming a top pairing defenseman.
Uses his frame and stick extremely well defensively. Very good mobility and balance given size.
Although it took some time for Zadorov to get acclimated in the OHL he is now consistently being a defensive force on the Knights backend. He has a great reach and uses his massive frame to wipe out opponents low in the zone. For his size Nikita has great mobility and backwards skating ability which makes him very tough to beat wide. His offensive tools are intriguing but definitely need continual development with his key weapon being his heavy and accurate shot. His decision making up ice and inconsistency advancing the puck will need some fine tuning to round out his game. Incredibly high upside but will need some crucial development to get there.
Top 4 shutdown defenseman who thrives on physical play. Secondary PP potential with a big shot
When it comes to Stylistic comparisons, Zadorov reminds us of a bigger version of Niklas Kronwall.* The sky is the limit for Zadorov in terms of ceiling, but there are some big questions as to whether or not he can reach that potential.* He has all the skills, but his game is just not as polished or as NHL ready as the four defencemen we have ranked above him.* Zadorov could be a real boom of a pick though, as he has a unique mixture of size, mobility, and mean streak that is hard to find, and if properly nurtured could make him an elite NHL blueliner.
The potential that some evaluators see in Zadorov has them projecting the next big physical two-way NHL defender. He shows a nice combination of mobility, strength and puck skills. He skates very well for a player of his size and shows strong footwork, balance and mobility. He makes strong plays with the puck, and reads the play well. Zadorov's first pass is strong and he does not try to force things that are just not there. His point shot is very hard and although his windup is a little on the long side, still should be considered a weapon. His strength is his physical game as he is willing to unload a devastating hit, mercilessly eliminate opponents along the boards or drop the gloves and teach an opponent a lesson about manners towards his teammates or himself. Has the potential to be an elite number one defenseman or a solid number 3 shutdown defender
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