Zadorov was ranked #11 on TSN's Prospect Ratings. Here's TSN's Craig Button's analysis on the 6'5" 230 lb. defensman:
"Nikita is another of the 'big man' defence prospects. His skating base is very good and his stride is long and powerful and he's able to gain a lot of ice quickly. This allows him to be a threat offensively but it also makes it very difficult to gain an advantage on him defensively. He will play physical and he can be a significant physical presence in the game. He has good awareness with the puck and has a heavy shot that can make it very difficult for goaltenders to corral it. He has developed defensively where he recognizes the situation and makes very solid plays and is not using his skills to make up for mistakes but is using them to impact the game. He has the potential to be a top three defenceman in the NHL."
Zadorov had 6 goals and 25 points in 63 games with the Knights last season, and was a +33.