What To Do With RFA Nikita Zadorov

Part of the Chicago Blackhawks’ offseason will involve the evaluation of pending free agents. In this episode of Blackhawks Business, we will take a look at Restricted Free Agent (RFA) Defenseman Nikita Zadorov

Nikita Zadorov joined the Blackhawks through the trade of Brandon Saad with the Colorado Avalanche during last offseason. When the trade was made, Stan Bowman talked about the size and physicality of Zadorov, and how they hoped he would bring that to the ‘Hawks. I think we can safely say he did (190 hits in 55 games), but how about the rest of his performance?

Zadorov is never going to be confused with an Offensive Defenseman. While he did score 7 goals in 2 straight seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), that’s not where he makes his living. He seems to like to take shots, and get involved at the offensive end, but that takes him out of position for what the Hawks need him to do: Intimidate their opponents.

At 6’6″, 235 lbs, Zadorov is a…

Read more…