“In his first Ontario Hockey League season, Zadorov led all rookies with a plus-33 rating and ranked second among first-year defensemen in points (6-19–25), helping London finish first in the 2012-13 standings (50 wins, 105 points). It was the seventh time in the last 10 seasons the Knights have posted more than 100 points.”
“Zadorov made huge strides in his first season with the Knights, developing a reputation as a physical, two-way defender. He jumped up in the rush at a moment’s notice and displayed soft hands around the goal area. He can make a strong first pass and start the rush offensively. Zadorov plays a solid defensive game, underlined by a bruising and punishing physical style. He has the size, at six-foot-four and 200 pounds, that can stand to add another 30 pounds of muscle once he fills out. He’s far from a finished product, but his development is on the right track towards becoming a big-time defender.”
Zadorov is a project 2-way defenseman. He has a hard shot from the point, lays open ice hits and uses his premier size all over the ice. He’s an average skater who likes to rush the puck. (EP, 2013)
“Good pick! Risto is exactly what the Sabres are missing in their pipeline.”
“Ristolainen, No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of the top draft-eligible European skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft, doesn’t shy away from the fact he enjoys that style of play, either. But he also supplies a solid offensive element.”
“One of the best defensemen of his age group, Ristolainen was/is a top-prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft. He is a calm player with good two-way ability and a mature style of play, though his defensive awareness still needs work. Ristolainen moves the puck with confidence and though he’s not a big-time hitter, he plays the body and likes to get physical in front of the net. He also has good mobility. Ristolainen has an excellent frame and has gained a lot of strength while playing in SM-liiga. He is good with the puck and solid defensively and has also displayed ability to work the powerplay in Finland’s SM-liiga.”
“Rasmus Ristolainen is a big, powerful Finn. He plays with an edge and makes his opponents earn possession and space against him. He’s a tough character to play against and has a little nastiness to his game. Ristolainen possesses a good shot from the point.”
BUFFALO — Darcy Regier sits down on the couch in Lindy Ruff’s living room. Before Darcy can open his mouth, Lindy says, “I know.” In an unexpected reversal of roles at a time like this, the employee tries to console the boss, reminding him how many times he could have been fired in the past, if not for his loyalty.
NHL.com provides an inside look at the official trade call between the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks.
“Time Lapse video of the ice being installed and painted at the First Niagara Center.”
“The Buffalo Sabres re-designed the mural inside the First Niagara Center.”
‘Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black along with First Niagara CEO John Koelmel made a formal announcement regarding the name change Thursday afternoon.’