Memorial Cup: 5 Key Players To Watch

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5. Nikita Zadorov- London Knights 

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Zadorov is a big and tough defenceman who is right on the edge of NHL play. He spent some time with the Buffalo Sabres to begin the season before being sent back down to London in hopes of a trip to the Memorial Cup. Nikita Zadorov is a guy who absolutely loves to be out there on the ice and play and it translates well on the ice.

In 36 games with the Knights, Zadorov racked up 30 points and added 9 points in 9 playoff games for the Knights. At 6’5 and over 230 pounds, Zadorov is a very punishing defenceman who loves to hit and when he hits opponents certainly feel the effects. He’s got a hard and directed shot. He’s more of a stay at home defenceman but it easily a game changer. Look for him to do big things for London at this years tournament.