Greg Zanon

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Greg Zanon
Greg Zanon.jpg
Born (1980-06-05) June 5, 1980 (age 34)
Burnaby, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Nashville Predators
Minnesota Wild
Boston Bruins
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 156th overall, 2000
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2003–present

Gregory M. Zanon (born June 5, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) whilst under contract to the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Greg Zanon was drafted in the 5th round, 156th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He played four seasons, from 1999 to 2003, for the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the CCHA and was named to the CCHA First All-Star Team in 2001.[1]

Unsigned from the Senators Zanon played three seasons for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, an affiliate of the Nashville Predators. It wasn't until the 2005–06 season that he finally broke into the NHL when he played four games for the Predators. Zanon has risen in the NHL as a top player in the blocked shots statistic. He had 189 blocked shots in the 2007–08 NHL season. [2]

Minnesota Wild[edit]

On July 1, 2009, Zanon signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.[3] His first season with the Wild in 2009–10 was largely successful, while proving a reliable physical force he also registered a career high 13 assists and 15 points in 81 games.

In the last year of his contract with the Wild in the 2011–12 season, Zanon fell out of favour and was relegated as a healthy scratch in 7 games.[4] He appeared in only 39 contests before he was dealt at the trade deadline to the Boston Bruins for Steven Kampfer, on February 27, 2012.[5]

Colorado Avalanche[edit]

On July 1, 2012, Zanon signed as a free agent to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million with the Colorado Avalanche.[6] In the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, Zanon made his Avalanche debut, recording an assist in an opening night defeat to the Minnesota Wild on January 19, 2013.[7] As a fixture on the Avalanche defense, Zanon was unable to replicate his earlier puck-clearing career form, however he finished to season to lead the team with 122 blocked shots in 44 games.

On July 3, 2013, the Avalanche placed Zanon, alongside Matt Hunwick, on waivers.[8] Upon clearing waivers, the Avalanche then exercised the option to buyout the remaining year of his contract on July 4, 2013.[9] As a result of the buyout, the Avalanche paid Zanon $1.5 million (being two-thirds of his remaining salary) and he became an unrestricted free agent.[10] Unable to attract an NHL offer as a free agent, Zanon signed a professional try-out contract with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. As an Alternate captain for the Rampage, Zanon returned to the AHL for the first time since 2007.[11]

Florida Panthers[edit]

On July 8, 2014, Zanon was signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers of the NHL to a one-year, two-way contract[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Zanon during the 2011-12 NHL season as a member of the Bruins.
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Victoria Salsa BCHL 53 4 13 17 124
1997–98 Victoria Salsa BCHL 59 11 21 32 108 7 0 2 2 10
1998–99 South Surrey Eagles BCHL 59 17 54 71 154
1999–00 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 42 3 26 29 56
2000–01 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 39 12 16 28 64
2001–02 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 41 9 16 25 54
2002–03 U. of Nebraska-Omaha CCHA 32 6 19 25 44
2003–04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 62 4 12 16 59 22 2 6 8 31
2004–05 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 80 2 17 19 59 7 0 1 1 10
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 71 8 27 35 55 21 1 7 8 24
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 4 0 2 2 6
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 2 0 2 2 0
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 66 3 5 8 32 5 0 2 2 2
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 78 0 5 5 24 6 0 2 2 4
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 82 4 7 11 38
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 2 13 15 36
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 0 7 7 48
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 39 2 4 6 14
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 17 1 1 2 4 7 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 44 0 6 6 28
2013–14 San Antonio Rampage AHL 24 0 4 4 34
NHL totals 493 12 50 62 230 18 0 5 5 6

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 1999-00
All-CCHA First Team 2000-01 [1]
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman 2000-01
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2000–01
All-CCHA Second Team 2001-02
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2001-02

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Jillson
CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman
2000-01
Succeeded by
John-Michael Liles