Pavel Zacha

Pavel Zacha

27-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Bruins
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After spending the first seven seasons of his career with New Jersey, Zacha flourished in his first campaign with the Bruins in 2022-23, setting career highs in goals (21), assists (36) and plus-minus rating (plus-26) while averaging 16:03 of ice time per contest in a top-six role. His career year was aided by the fact that the Bruins finished second in the NHL for goals scored with 301 and set a new NHL record with an eye-popping 65 regular-season wins, numbers that will be hard to replicate in 2023-24, particularly with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci both retiring this summer. Nonetheless, it's safe to assume Boston will be a playoff team next season, and Zacha's spot in the top six and on the second power-play unit should remain secure, so he should be able to approach 20 goals while putting up 50-plus points next year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $19 million contract extension with the Bruins in January of 2023.
Dishes pair of helpers
CBoston Bruins
May 6, 2024
Zacha registered two assists, two shots on goal, three hits and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 5-1 win over the Panthers in Game 1.
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Zacha helped out on the Bruins' first two goals to flip a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. The 27-year-old is still searching for a goal this postseason, but he's contributed four helpers over eight contests. The center has added 12 shots on net, 20 hits and a plus-1 rating while playing a strong two-way game in a top-six role.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:06
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:49
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:38
 
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16:51
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Heading to Worlds
CBoston Bruins
May 19, 2024
Zacha will join Team Czechia at the IIHF World Championship.
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Zacha will join teammate David Pastrnak on Team Czechia. The 27-year-old Zacha had a quiet postseason, tallying one goal and six points in 13 games, though he posted a career-best 21 goals and 59 points in 78 regular-season contests.
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Zacha never found his way over parts of six seasons with New Jersey. He finished last year with a career-high 36 points in 70 games, but along with that offensive production came a horrific minus-21 rating. The Devils finally pulled the plug, trading Zacha to Boston in July in exchange for Erik Haula. Zacha won't turn 26 years old until next April and it wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see him thrive in a lesser role for a considerably more stable Bruins team in 2022-23. Don't give up on Zacha just yet.
You may not have heard, but the Devils had a bit of a disappointing 2020-21 season. In fact, Zacha was one of only a handful of guys that played well for the club. His 17 goals and 35 points were both career-best marks, and they came in just 50 games. Zacha chipped in 11 points with the man advantage for good measure. The bad news is that Zacha's production came with a minus-11 rating and a likely unsustainable 16.5 percent shooting percentage. New Jersey spent a fortune on Dougie Hamilton and others in an effort to become more competitive this coming year. That newly found depth may actually work against Zacha, who is best served as a secondary scoring option. Don't reach for him in your draft.
Zacha has thus far failed to live up to the hype of being selected sixth overall in 2015, though he needed just 65 games to rack up a career-high 32 points last season. Even with four full seasons under his belt, he'll only be turning 24 in April, so Zacha's best hockey is likely still ahead of him. His best chance at fantasy relevance in 2021 involves a move to wing. If Zacha stays at his natural center position, he'll be blocked from a top-six role by Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier, and the Devils lack the wing depth to put together two promising lines, let alone a third for Zacha.
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.
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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Gathers assist in Game 4
CBoston Bruins
April 27, 2024
Zacha notched an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 4.
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Lone helper not enough in Game 2
CBoston Bruins
April 23, 2024
Zacha added an assist in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs for Game 2 of the conference quarterfinals.
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One of each in win
CBoston Bruins
April 13, 2024
Zacha scored a goal on four shots and added an assist in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Penguins.
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Picks up two points in win
CBoston Bruins
April 2, 2024
Zacha scored a goal on two shots, added an assist and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Predators.
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Hands out helper
CBoston Bruins
March 27, 2024
Zacha notched an assist, two shots on goal and four hits in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Lightning.
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