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Salary Cap Casualty 

The Andrey Zadorov Career Story


Andrey Zadorov’s VHL career has come to an end and he is set to officially retire after a disappointing end to the S43 play-offs. The Russian has played seven seasons in the VHL and finished with 370 career points. Andrey first entered the VHLM draft where he was selected by the Brampton Blades 9th overall. After playing his VHLM season, he was drafted 6th overall by the New York Americans in the 36 VHL Entry Draft. Zadorov was never seen as flashy offensive player and was not expected to put up huge numbers at the next level. He was drafted to become a two-way defenseman that could log big minutes and not produce high offensive numbers like most would expect out of a first round pick. His best statistical season was in S40 with the Cologne Express where he produced 77 points. Now we will take a look at all his stops in the VHL. 



Zadorov with the Brampton Blades in the VHLM


New York Americans
Zadorov began his career in New York where he was a part of a strong team in seasons 37, 38, and 39. The greatest accomplishment in his entire career came in S39 when he won a cup and became a North American Conference All-Star. He played with the amazing Connor Low who mentored Zadorov during his time in New York. In New York Zadorov’s job was to be the rock for Low when he would rush up the ice on the offensive attack. Low was an offensive juggernaut who drove the team’s offense from the back end and Andrey was expected to just continue to play his two-way game. Each season Zadorov’s point totals gradually climbed as he began to get better while playing with Low. Andrey had three great seasons in New York but was then was traded to Cologne as a salary cap casualty in a block buster trade during the S39 off-season that including sending Wesley Kellinger for draft picks along with Zadorov.


Cologne Express

In S40 he took off offensively with 13 goals and 64 assists for 77 points while being in the top five for total defenseman scoring. He got to watch and play with another great defenseman in Mason Richardson while on Cologne although Zadorov began on the second pairing, so he did not get to play with him the whole time. After his amazing season in S40 where he became a European Conference All-Star, he would go back to earth recording only 47 points in S41. Andrey spent two seasons being a good depth soldier for Cologne before being traded once again as a cap casualty to HC Davos Dynamo for a second round pick.



Zadorov with the Cologne Express in S40

HC Davos Dynamo

He spent his last two seasons in Davos with the Dynamo and was once again a good depth player. In these two seasons Zadorov would record 91 points in 144 games. He was one of the Dynamo’s top defensemen before the emergence of the young Vladamir Komarov and the acquisition of Mason Richardson. In his final season Zadorov would once again be on the same team as Mason Richardson but when he arrived he was put on the second pairing and would not produce many points.


In the end Andrey Zadorov was just a good depth player who provided a solid effort defensively. He was used primarily as a top pairing defenseman in his prime that played with a star number one defenseman. His contract became a problem on team’s salary cap and was then shipped off as a result. Now the depth salary cap casualty will be gone forever and drift into the sunset in Russia. 

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Content: 3/3 - Apologies for it taking so long to grade. I thought someone else might come and chip in, but it had to be me I suppose. Solid article! ;)

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"that including sending Wesley Kellinger for draft picks" - included

Appearance: 1/1 -

Overall: 6/6

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