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Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« on: June 18, 2015, 11:32:38 AM »

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2015, 11:37:13 AM »
Here's a blurb about him from a HockeyBuzz article on the top undrafted free agents this year:

Nikita Zaitsev - Right Defenseman, 6'1 190lbs, 23 years old, CSKA Moskva in the KHL

57gp 12g 20a 32p +27 (league high)

Zaitsev has really turned heads this year after three seasons of solid, but unspectacular play. He was good, but not really providing enough impetus for a team to sign him. He led first place CSKA in goals and points by defensemen by a healthy margin, along with hits and blocked shots. He ended up with 11PPG's and while I'm not going to run through each one, they all look rather similar, a massive one-timer. He led the club in ice-time playing on the top-pairing for the second year in a row. He has always been viewed as a defensive defender who plays physical. This goes back to his World Junior days and his early KHL career. Since being moved to CSKA he has been allowed to explore his offensive game to great success while maintaining his defensive posture.

While he has yet to earn a point thus far in the KHL playoffs, he remains their all purpose rock on the back end playing over 20 minutes a night. Teams are always looking to add right handed defensemen and he could be an interesting guy to watch for.


Babcock loves his lefty-righty setup on defence so I'm sure he'll get a good look.

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2015, 11:45:43 AM »
Was he never drafted into the NHL?

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2015, 11:49:33 AM »
Was he never drafted into the NHL?

No.  Flyers have apparently been trying to sign him for a couple years but he chose to stay in KHL until, apparently, now.

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2015, 11:50:09 AM »
Er...umm...false alarm?


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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2015, 12:10:26 PM »
He's a Leaf! #Leafs

He's not a Leaf! #Leafs

That's some good "journalism" there Igor...breaking a story on twitter is more important than the accuracy of the story.

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2015, 12:25:26 PM »
If we sign this guy and somehow pick up Kucherov, we'll have cornered the market on Nikitas.

Then we can build hotels on them.

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2015, 12:26:24 PM »
He's a Leaf! #Leafs

He's not a Leaf! #Leafs

That's some good "journalism" there Igor...breaking a story on twitter is more important than the accuracy of the story.

The following players are not #Leafs

From the Anahiem Ducks:
Ryan Getzlaf
Corey Perry
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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2015, 12:41:16 PM »
That's some good "journalism" there Igor...breaking a story on twitter is more important than the accuracy of the story.

Well, he wasn't breaking anything he just bringing a report from a Russian news outlet to a North American audience.

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2015, 12:46:11 PM »
mirtle: Leafs talks with Nikita Zaitsev, a young Russian RD, are apparently ongoing, as per @ppanyshev. http://t.co/1AsPINhnlI
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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2015, 12:57:55 PM »
I'm on an emotional roller-coaster right now...#Leafs

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2015, 01:27:34 PM »
If Shanahan expects us to buy into his vision he better be getting this deal done.

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« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2015, 01:44:22 PM »
If Shanahan expects us to buy into his vision he better be getting this deal done.

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« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2015, 01:59:02 PM »
If Shanahan expects us to buy into his vision he better be getting this deal done.

"Put that coffee down....coffee is for closers."

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2015, 02:16:16 PM »
If Shanahan expects us to buy into his vision he better be getting this deal done.

"Put that coffee down....coffee is for closers."

Fantastic speech, love that Alec Baldwin scene.

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Re: Leafs to sign RUS D Nikita Zaitsev.....or not?
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2015, 02:16:16 PM »