Zacha earned a qualifying offer from New Jersey on Tuesday.
Zacha set a new career-high in goals with 13 last season, and produced 25 points in 61 NHL games. The 22-year-old hasn't quite lived up to the hype of being a top-six draft pick in 2015, producing just 76 points. The Devils could be interested in re-signing Zacha to a long term deal, or could let him walk next year if his play isn't up to par with their expectations.
Zacha delivered a goal and a power-play assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Florida. He finishes the season with 13 goals and 25 points in 61 games.
Zacha set a new career high in goals, but his game has stagnated over the past three seasons, as he's finished with 24, 25 and 25 points. The sixth overall selection from the 2015 draft is a restricted free agent, and will most likely be back with the Devils next season despite his slow development.
Zacha potted a power-play goal and added an assist in Monday's win over the Sabres.
After a 16-game hiatus due to an upper-body injury, Zacha is heating up with four points in the last three games. With the game knotted 1-1 in the third period, Zacha unleashed a snipe that hit two posts before going into the net. He later assisted on an empty-net goal to secure the win. The Devils are hoping for more performances like this from the 21-year-old in the upcoming seasons.
Zacha picked up an assist in Saturday's 2-1 shootout win over the Coyotes.
The 21-year-old center has helpers in back-to-back games since returning to the ice from an upper-body injury that cost him a little over a month, but more importantly for New Jersey, Zacha put home the winner in the shootout, beating Darcy Kuemper through the five-hole after a shimmy in the slot got the goaltender to open up. The sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft has yet to consistently make an impact in the NHL, but performances like this are a reminder that Zacha still has tremendous talent and upside.
Zacha registered an assist in his return to the lineup against Boston on Thursday.
Zacha missed 16 games due to an upper-body issue, but he was able to immediately get back on the scoresheet. The center will have seven contests -- starting with Saturday's matchup with Arizona -- to register another two points and reach the 20-point mark for a third consecutive season.
Zacha (upper body) will return to action Thursday evening against the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha hasn't played since Feb. 15 against the Wild, so it may take him a bit to get settled back in -- especially with a fresh crop of forwards in the fold to account for injuries. The 21-year-old will look to build off the 11 goals and six assists that he's compiled over 53 games.
Zacha (upper body) won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Capitals, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha's latest lingering injury coupled with a substandard 0.35 points-per-game mark over four years of NHL service time has rendered him a bust in countless fantasy formats. Of course, even when healthy this season, the center's only taken 41.4 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the attacking zone, so there's not much hope that he can return and make an impact in 2018-19.
Zacha (upper body) won't suit up for Sunday's tilt in Colorado, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
That's now 15 consecutive games missed for the 21-year-old. There's still no concrete timetable for Zacha's return, but with the Devils well out of postseason contention, they don't need to rush him back from injury.
Zacha (upper body) won't play Friday against the Canucks, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha has been sidelined for nearly a month and the Devils have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for his recovery. The 21-year-old's absence will continue to test New Jersey's depth up front, but it will likely go unnoticed in most fantasy circles, as he's only collected 17 points in 53 games this campaign.
Zacha (upper body) remains out of the lineup Wednesday in Edmonton, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha hasn't suited up since Feb. 15. His next chance to play will come Friday, when the Devils continue their Western Canada road trip in Vancouver.
Zacha (upper body) is set to miss Tuesday's tilt with Calgary, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha has been out of action since Feb. 15, a stretch of 11 games on the shelf. With the center missing from the lineup, Kevin Rooney figures to continue seeing top-six minutes until Zacha is given the green light to return.
Updating a previous report, Zacha (upper body) has now been ruled out for the weekend, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
It initially appeared that Zacha would be fit for the weekend's two-game road trip, but there's evidently been a change of plans. New Jersey has a litany of injuries up front, plus the team is out of the playoff race, so there's no need for Zacha to be pressed into duty. The Czech skater's next opportunity to play will arrive Tuesday against host Calgary.
Zacha (upper body) will join the Devils on their two-game road trip Friday and Saturday, Chris Ryan of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
While it doesn't mean Zacha will slot back into the lineup right away against Washington on Friday, it's certainly a good sign that he is healthy enough to travel. If he is given the all-clear, the Czech could get a look in a top-six role depending on the health of fellow center Kevin Rooney (undisclosed).
Zacha (upper body) will miss Tuesday's home clash with the Blue Jackets, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
While Zacha appears to be closing in on a return, the Devils' forward will miss his ninth straight game Tuesday as a result of an upper-body injury. His last taste of action was back on Feb. 15. The 21-year-old will benefit from two days off between games and will hope to suit up Friday in Washington.
Zacha (upper body) won't play Saturday versus the Bruins.
That makes eight games in a row that Zacha has missed. The 21-year-old only became cleared for contact Wednesday, so it's not a surprise he isn't ready just yet. His next chance to return will be Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
Zacha (upper body) isn't in the lineup for Friday's game against the Flyers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
This comes as no surprise, as Zacha hadn't even been ready for contact as of Wednesday. The Devils will complete the back-to-back set of games Saturday -- facing the Bruins in Boston -- so expect another update on the Czech skater ahead of that one.
Zacha (upper body) remained in a non-contact sweater for Wednesday's game-day skate and won't be in action against Calgary on Wednesday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha will miss his sixth straight game due to his upper-body issue. The center was rolling with three points in his previous four games prior to getting hurt. With the team all but eliminated from playoff contention, it has little incentive to rush the Czech back into the lineup. Blake Coleman figures to get a look on the top line with Nico Hischier during Zacha's absence.
Zacha (upper body) will not play versus the Canadiens on Monday, Erika Wachter of MSG Networks reports.
The Devils maintain that Zach is day-to-day with his injury, and that's consistent with the fact that he's not on injured reserve, per the NHL's media site. New Jersey will likely have to call up a forward from AHL Binghamton since the Devils flipped Marcus Johansson to the Bruins for a pair of draft picks Monday.
Zacha (upper body) won't make the short trip to New York for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
The Devils return home for three games beginning Monday, so Zacha's absence can't be guaranteed beyond Saturday's tilt. The 21-year-old pivot hit a bit of a groove in the four games prior to his exit, collecting two goals and three points. He should resume his top-six role with the Devils when cleared for action, though he has little reason to rush back with the club well out of playoff position.
Zacha (upper body) remains sidelined for Thursday's game against the Senators, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Zacha is headed for a third straight absence due to the upper-body issue that limited him to just 12:44 of ice time last Friday against the Wild. The injury came at a bad time, as the pivot, who owns just 17 points through 53 contests, had racked up two goals and three points over his last four games. Zacha's next chance to return arrives Saturday against the Rangers.
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