Zakharov proved many skeptics wrong when he made a seamless transition to the North American game with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. In his first season of North American hockey, Zakharov notched an impressive 33 goals, and gained valuable experience in the playoffs. While he was not the most consistent player, there was little doubt of his skill.
His second year in North America has been far below what was anticipated. His time with the Worcester Ice Cats has yielded very little in the way of offense, picking up only three goals and three assists in 37 games, and posting a -5 rating. Zakharov was once again selected for Team Belarus at the World Junior Championships in Grand Forks. Assigned to the ECHL Alaska Aces, he left the team abruptly.
It appears as if his finesse style of play was more suitable for the QMJHL than the professional game.
Having bolted from his team twice in two years, it's unlikely that he has any future in North America.