By Mike Harrington
The Sabres made it official in the 5 o'clock hour this afternoon, adding defenseman Nikita Zadorov to the active roster and sending fellow 18-year-old and first-round draft pick Rasmus Ristolainen to Rochester.
Zadorov can play up to nine NHL games without activating the first year of his entry-level contract, at which time he would need to return to London of the OHL or officially stay in the NHL. The Sabres could go to seven defensemen tonight against Colorado and scratch center Kevin Porter, who took extra work after today's morning skate.
Ristolainen had no points and a minus-4 rating in eight games. He played 19:17 in Thursday's loss to Vancouver, just three seconds shy of his season high. The 6-foot-5 Zadorov had a strong training camp and a good preseason, but suffered a severe cut to his pinky in the final preseason game at Carolina and has been on the non-roster injured list for players hurt in exhibition play.
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