Colorado Avalanche: Top 5 Training Camp Battles

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Colorado Avalanche Battle #5

Nikita Zadorov vs. Nick Holden

Nov 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov (51) during the game against the Montreal Canadiens at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Nikita Zadorov was part of the return that went to the Colorado Avalanche for center Ryan O’Reilly. Naturally, the expectations in him are high. He seems destined for a role beside top offensive D-man Tyson Barrie, but after all, he may not be ready yet.

In the 2014-15 campaign, Zadorov appeared in 60 games and recorded 15 points. He played on each of the three defensive pairings, as well as both special teams. However, that was on one of the worst defenses in the league.

One player that may want to take Zadorov’s place is Nick Holden. The 28-year-old has been playing better than many people think. If Zadorov doesn’t seem ready for a role on the second D-pair, it may be a wise decision to put Holden there first. As of now, the two are very close, and both will have to prove that they belong on the second pairing.

Next: Colorado Avalanche Battle #4