Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Nikita
Zadorov to a three-year, entry-level contract on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old Russian was taken with the second of Buffalo's two first-round
picks in the June draft at 16th overall.
"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 statement. "He has
exceptional presence on the ice and we look forward to seeing him continue to
develop as a player."
Zadorov posted six goals and 19 assists in 63 games for London of the Ontario
Hockey League last season.
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