Pavel Zacha
Pavel Zacha
22-Year-Old CenterC
New Jersey Devils
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Zacha has lost most of his luster after being selected sixth overall in the 2015 draft, having plateaued with either 24 or 25 points in each of his three full NHL campaigns. The 6-foot-3 Czech forward will likely be locked into a third-line role, but his reluctance to shoot the puck and limited physicality despite his large frame should make Zacha a fantasy afterthought. It's not too late for his career to find a second wind at age 22, but Zacha hasn't shown much to suggest that's going to happen. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $6.75 million contract with the Devils in September of 2019.
Chips in with assist
CNew Jersey Devils
March 7, 2020
Zacha recorded an assist and went plus-2 in Friday's 4-2 win over the Blues.
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Zacha set up Joey Anderson for the insurance tally into an empty-net at 19:03 of the third period. The 22-year-old Zacha has a career-high 31 points, including seven on the power play and another four shorthanded, in 63 contests. He's added 97 shots and 58 hits this season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:16
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:38
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
14:22
1:18
1:03
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
16:05
1:41
2:11
2019–20
16:16
1:38
2:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Thus far, Zacha's failed to live up to the hype of being selected sixth overall in the 2015 draft. The 6-foot-3 Czech center posted just 25 points in 69 appearances last season after totaling 24 points in 70 games the previous year, though his rating did improve from a dreadful minus-17 to a passable minus-3. A 33-year-old Travis Zajac is the only thing standing between Zacha and a second-line center role, but Zacha failed to seize his chance in similar circumstances last season, so he's far from a lock to do so this time around.
Zacha has just 26 points through 71 NHL appearances, but the sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft still has time to hone his offensive game at just 20 years of age. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound pivot has already shown promise on the power play, notching five goals and 13 points with the extra man last season. Zacha’s fantasy stock will largely depend on his role heading into the season, but that could realistically range from first to fourth-line center for a Devils team with lots of depth but plenty of mystery at the position. Chances are he'll open on the third line behind first overall pick Nico Hischier and veteran Travis Zajac, though the team also signed Brian Boyle this offseason and Adam Henrique can slot in at either wing or center.
The sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft is just 19 years old, but he didn’t disappoint in his first taste of NHL hockey, notching two assists in a late-season appearance with the Devils. Zacha will probably need a season of seasoning at the AHL level, but he does have an NHL-ready 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and will make a push to land with the big club in camp. Even if successful, he’ll probably be limited to a bottom-six role at first, but the Czech centerman has the offensive skills to make a push for a top-six spot as soon as this year. This elite prospect should be on everyone’s radar if he’s still in New Jersey once the games start counting.
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Tallies twice on power play
CNew Jersey Devils
March 1, 2020
Zacha scored a pair of power-play goals in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Ducks.
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Power-play quarterback
CNew Jersey Devils
February 25, 2020
Zacha collected two power-play assists in a 4-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday.
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Bags two apples in win
CNew Jersey Devils
February 13, 2020
Zacha recorded two assists in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings.
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Monstrous performance
CNew Jersey Devils
January 30, 2020
Zacha scored two goals and added an assist Thursday in a 6-5 shootout loss to Nashville.
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Ready to rock
CNew Jersey Devils
December 29, 2019
Zacha (lower body) will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Senators, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
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