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.
Three-point effort in loss
CNew Jersey Devils
October 14, 2019
Zacha scored a goal and two assists in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Panthers.
ANALYSIS
The 22-year-old carried the Devils to a 4-1 lead early in the second period, but the team fell apart after that. Zacha has yet to score more than 25 points in an NHL season after being the sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft, and while he shows occasional flashes of upside, his bottom-six placement and lack of power-play time will make it tough for him to provide consistent fantasy value.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:08
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:06
 
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
15:08
0:00
2:06
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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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Bags apple in opener
CNew Jersey Devils
October 5, 2019
Zacha dished out a helper in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets.
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Ready to join team
CNew Jersey Devils
September 24, 2019
Zacha is no longer dealing with visa issues and will join the Devils for practice Wednesday, Chris Wescott of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
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Still waiting for visa
CNew Jersey Devils
Not Injury Related
September 23, 2019
Zacha continues to be away from the team due to immigration issues, Chris Ryan of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Staying in NHL
CNew Jersey Devils
September 10, 2019
Zacha agreed to terms on a three-year, $6.75 million contract with New Jersey on Tuesday.
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Agrees to deal with KHL club
CNew Jersey Devils
September 9, 2019
Zacha could be headed to the KHL after agreeing to contract terms with Avangard Omsk, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports. Still, Devils general manager Ray Shero remains confident a deal can be worked out for the restricted free agent, telling reporters, "I think we can get something done, hopefully, but I can't control what he does. If (the KHL) is the route he likes, it's going to be a long road back to the NHL," Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
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