So I guess Pavel Zacha ‘coming to terms’ with Avangard Omsk was just that – coming to terms. Not signing on the dotted line. And despite Ray Shero’s entertaining and expletive-laced response to perceived pressure, the Devils re-signed the former sixth overall pick to a three-year deal worth 2.25 million per season on Tuesday morning.
The 22-year-old has stagnated offensively – minor as it has been, despite witnessing his deployment ramp-up. Last season, Zacha skated over 16 minutes a night with nearly two minutes on the man-advantage. That resulted in a career-high 13 goals (four coming on the power play). However, his inability to find chemistry on a line landed him as the rover – splitting time with a smorgasbord of bottom-six skaters.
With the Devils looking to roll out several new, offensively-capable players in Jack Hughes, Nikita Gusev, PK Subban, Wayne Simmonds, and even youngster, Ty Smith, Zacha’s even-strength mates should be more impactful. It also means his potential to secure power-