NIKITA

ZAITSEV#22

DEFENCE
Moscow, URS
GP
81
G
3
A
11
+/-
2
SOG
71
S%
4.2
HEIGHT
6'2"
WEIGHT
190 lbs
AGE
27
SHOOTS
RIGHT
DRAFTED
NOT DRAFTED
NHL SEASONS
3
SALARY
$4.5M Exp.  2024 (UFA)
CAP HIT
$4.5M
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News

The Maple Leafs and Zaitsev are working together to "find him a fresh start," Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Impact

Zaitsev was pretty good for Toronto during his first season with the club in 2016-17, notching four goals and 36 points in 82 games while averaging just over 22 minutes of ice time per contest. That performance prompted the Maple Leafs to sign him to a monster seven-year, $31.5 million contract extension ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. However, the 27-year-old Russian simply hasn't lived up to that deal over the past two seasons, totaling a meager 27 points in 141 games, so it makes sense for the Leafs to try to cut their losses and ship him to another team. However, any club willing to take on the underperforming blueliner's $4.5 million annual cap hit will undoubtedly be looking for Toronto to sweeten the deal with prospects, draft picks or another NHL-ready player.


Date Opp Result G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG S% TOI
04/23 at BOS L 1-5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 16:33
04/21 vs BOS L 2-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 16:56
04/19 at BOS W 2-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 23:01
04/17 vs BOS L 4-6 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 16:46
04/15 vs BOS W 3-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 20:46
Totals: 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 6 0.0 94:02
Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PTS/G PPG SHG GWG SOG S% ATOI
2016-17 TOR 82 4 32 36 -22 38 0.44 1 0 0 106 3.8 1321
2017-18 TOR 60 5 8 13 8 31 0.22 0 0 1 54 9.3 1333
2018-19 TOR 81 3 11 14 2 18 0.17 0 0 0 71 4.2 1228
Totals: 223 12 51 63 -12 87 0.28 1 0 1 231 5.2 --
Season Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PTS/G PPG SHG GWG SOG S% ATOI
2016-17 TOR 4 0 0 0 -4 0 0.00 0 0 0 5 0.0 21:45
2017-18 TOR 7 0 2 2 -3 2 0.29 0 0 0 9 0.0 20:48
2018-19 TOR 7 0 0 0 -3 2 0.00 0 0 0 8 0.0 18:57
Totals: 18 0 2 2 -10 4 0.11 0 0 0 22 0.0 20:30