Pavel Zacha

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Pavel Zacha
Pavel Zacha - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Zacha practicing with the Devils in 2015
Born (1997-04-06) 6 April 1997 (age 22)
Brno, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
HC Bílí Tygři Liberec
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2015
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2013–present

Pavel Zacha (born 6 April 1997) is a Czech professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Zacha was selected sixth overall by the Devils in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Zacha played in the 2009 and 2010 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with his minor ice hockey team from Chomutov.[2]

Zacha made his Czech Extraliga debut playing with HC Bílí Tygři Liberec during the 2013–14 Czech Extraliga season.[3]

In the 2014 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Zacha was selected first overall by the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).[4] He joined the Sting for the 2014–15 season, recording 34 points in 37 games.

Zacha was ranked eighth for North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[5] He was selected sixth overall by the New Jersey Devils. On 11 August 2015, the Devils signed Zacha to a three-year, entry-level contract.[6] He returned to the Sting for the 2015–16 season. Soon after the Sting season ended, Zacha joined the Devils. He made his NHL debut on 9 April 2016, recording two assists in a 5–1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.[7]

Zacha made the Devils' lineup for the 2016–17 season. He scored his first NHL goal on 3 November 2016 in a 4–3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.[8] He finished the season with eight goals and 24 points in 70 games.

After going pointless in ten games to start the 2018–19 season, Zacha was assigned to the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL) on 2 November 2018.[9]

On September 10, 2019, Zacha signed a three-year extension with the Devils.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 HC Benátky nad Jizerou Czech.1 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 HC Bílí Tygři Liberec Czech 38 4 4 8 10
2013–14 HC Benátky nad Jizerou Czech.1 12 4 5 9 6
2014–15 Sarnia Sting OHL 37 16 18 34 56 5 2 1 3 10
2015–16 Sarnia Sting OHL 51 28 36 64 97 7 6 7 13 16
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 2 2 0
2015–16 Albany Devils AHL 3 1 2 3 2 5 1 2 3 2
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 70 8 16 24 19
2017–18 New Jersey Devils NHL 69 8 17 25 30 5 0 0 0 6
2018–19 New Jersey Devils NHL 61 13 12 25 15
2018–19 Binghamton Devils AHL 4 0 5 5 2
NHL totals 201 29 47 76 64 5 0 0 0 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Czech Republic WJC18 7th 5 0 3 3 2
2013 Czech Republic IH18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 1 2 3 4
2014 Czech Republic WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 3 2 5 4
2014 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 0 0 0 0
2015 Czech Republic WJC18 6th 5 5 0 5 10
2015 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 1 2 0
2016 Czech Republic WJC 5th 3 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 34 10 9 19 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devils select Pavel Zacha sixth overall". New Jersey Devils. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ "2013-14 Bili Tygri Liberec player statistics". Eliteprospects.com. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Sting choose Zacha 1st overall in import draft". National Hockey League. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  5. ^ "2015 Draft Prospect Rankings". NHL.com. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Devils sign forward Pavel Zacha". New Jersey Devils. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  7. ^ Canavan, Tom (9 April 2016). "Devils beat Leafs 5-1 in season finale". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  8. ^ Poupart, Alain (4 November 2016). "Vincent Trocheck gives Panthers win in overtime". NHL.com. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  9. ^ Ryan, Chris. "Devils assign Pavel Zacha to AHL | What shocking move means". NJ.com. Retrieved 2 November 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
John Quenneville
New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
2015
Succeeded by
Michael McLeod