Pavel Zacha

Pavel Zacha

25-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Bruins
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Pavel Zacha in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Bruins in August of 2022.
Signs one-year deal with Boston
CBoston Bruins
August 8, 2022
Zacha signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Bruins on Monday to avoid arbitration, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
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Zacha was traded to the Bruins in July after posting a career-high 36 points (15 goals and 21 assists) across 70 games for the Devils last season. The 25-year-old winger should have a good chance to once again produce double-digit goals and 35-plus points while skating in a middle-six role and receiving second-unit power-play minutes in 2022-23.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:51
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:11
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:23
 
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Short-Handed
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16:16
1:38
2:02
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17:09
2:40
1:20
2021–22
16:51
2:11
0:23
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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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Traded to Boston
CBoston Bruins
July 13, 2022
Zacha was traded from the Devils to the Bruins in exchange for Erik Haula on Wednesday, Sportsnet reports.
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Disappointing year despite new high
CNew Jersey Devils
May 2, 2022
Zacha totaled a career-best 36 points thanks to 15 goals and 21 assists over 70 appearances in 2021-22.
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Sets new career high in points
CNew Jersey Devils
April 28, 2022
Zacha dished out two assists in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes.
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First two-point game since Feb. 8
CNew Jersey Devils
April 26, 2022
Zacha had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Senators.
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Grabs helper Saturday
CNew Jersey Devils
April 16, 2022
Zacha notched an assist, four shots on goal, two hits and two PIM in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kraken.
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