Pavel Zacha reaches the 100 career point mark

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  1. Dr Black

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    Tonight, Pavel Zacha becomes the 17th player of the 2015 draft class to reach 100 points. He also avoids being the last player in the top 10 picks of 2015 to reach the 100 point milestone. Only Dylan Strome has yet to reach 100. But with 97 points, that should be just a matter of days.
     
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    That's a tough one for NJ. He had tools but felt like a bit of a reach at the time.

    His stock was high going into that year, but became polarizing as the year went along, if I'm recalling correctly. Atleast he got there before Strome, he's still youngish.
     
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    He’s been playing pretty good the recent stretch. Very much a hot & cold player offensively. Looks like a true first rounder for couple of weeks and then has zero points for the next. Defensively he’s always solid though.

    Considering the strength of that draft, he’s naturally a disappointment in that sense, we all know that. But still a good defensive middle6/bottom6 nhler, that’s still relatively young and can improve a lot offensively.
     
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    I’m guessing we haven’t seen his offensive gears yet.
     
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    This is his offensive gears. Zacha is a decent player. Problem here is expectations vs. reality.
     
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    Only took him 5 years of pro, impressive
     
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    I actually like Zacha as a player and would take him on the Flyers as a 3C any day. It sucks because he's a useful player and if he was taken 5 spots later in that first round there wouldn't be much talking about him being a disappointment but when you're drafted just before two top pairing defenseman and two top line players, that's all anyone is going to see.
     
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    The 6th overall pick in 2014, Jake Virtanen is still 9 points away from 100 career points. But still, as a Canuck fan, I'm satisfied with this pick. Sure there were better players drafted after him, but that's just the way it goes. I would certainly take Zacha over the 2016 5th overall pick Ollie Juelevi who has played ZERO NHL games so far.

    I believe the main reason this player gets criticized is the fact that his draft class is so strong. Perhaps the best draft class ever. If Zacha was drafted in 2014 or 2016, he wouldn't be controversial at all.

    All in all, I think he's a decent player. I was more than happy to recognize this milestone.
     
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    Zacha is a good player because he's excellent on the PK, can play center or wing, can play up and down the lineup. Zacha is a terrible 6th OA pick. Not that 6OA always turns into a great player. Would have been a good pick as a mid first rounder, but he was clearly not the best player available in that draft and the Devil's reached because he was a center.
     
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    He's been gradually getting better over the years. He'll probably never justify 6th overall, but I could see him becoming a 50 point two way center when he's in his mid 20s.
     
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    Watch him turn into Couturier 3 years from now if he works hard enough.
     
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    I'm happy to see him improving (even if its taken this long)..

    Things to say about Zacha's play this season:

    1) He is definitely a streaky streaky player. Looks realllyy good when he's on, but that comes in spurts. You can see the talent level is there. He started the season looking like a solid ES driver, but the points didn't show up. Hynes had him shuffled up and down the lineup until it was kinda settled on 3rd and fills up higher as needed.

    2) He's definitely more a playmaker than shooter by natural tendencies, and he's consistently getting really solid passes to his linemates in all game situations. Creative and solid hard passes on the tape. Reminds me a bit of the way Hall would pass the puck a bit. He's almost a too pass bias, because he has a hard shot but he's had less luck with this season.

    3) He is an all-situation capable guy, PK, PP, 4v4, 3v3 OT. Since Nasreddins taken over he's been taking 3v3 shifts every OT. Solid defensively and reponsible player, will come back and help the D and usually more a trailing center. Smooth skater for his size but not necessarily a speed demon, or so it looks.

    He's becoming quite the threat on SH situations, he's basically the 2nd wave Coleman on PK. For those fans familiar with Blake Coleman. They alternate their PK shifts.

    The last few weeks, he's looked pretty good overall, although when he ends up on a top line, he doesn't get much points to show for it, but he was generating plays. I think as of last game, he matched his season points high in 10 less games played so far.

    He and Hynes must have not saw things eye to eye. Hynes used to yank him around, particularly last season and season before. When Devils vs. Nashville (Hynes returns) game back at the rock, Zacha looked like a player possessed, got 2g, 1a and almost had a 3rd goal (multiple times number of posts). Was basically forward for NJ that game.

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    I still have hope of a bigger breakout... you can see it in games. He's not a super-star, but i think he is already morphing into a really solid player. Points aren't fully reflecting his impact, in my opinion. I'd like to see another season since Hynes is gone now.....to see if his offensive impact increases.
     
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    Thanks for not taking Provorov
     
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    Virtanen in hindsight wasn't a good pick either but like Zacha he's at least a useful, cheap player. The Devils are going to have to go Zacha's entire career being reminded that the next 4 players drafted were Provorov, Werenski, Meier, and Rantanen and that's not really fair to Zacha.
     
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    I keep telling myself he's young and Centres take longer. FTR.. I'd kill for him to be the 3C for the Oil.
     
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    I was going over the stats today, and totally forgot he had a 3 point game in that FLA kids game from beginning of season, from your avatar :).

    The fact that the devils blew a 3 goal lead and lost, overshadowed that game of his...
     
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    Aww bless his heart. Good for Pavel to finally hit 100!
     
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    No problem. Thanks for not doing anything with him.
     
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    Pavel is a slow builder.

    First few years had issues away from
    His family, particularly his father. Had major lack of confidence and being bumped from NHL to AHL when he’d do well didnt help

    Then a few years up permanently but always being scratched or bounced to the 4th line with benders - usually after he did well

    Now he is doing well consistently and is receiving play for it. He generates almost a breakaway per game and his size and defensive ability allow him to take over sometimes. His shot is also the hardest on the team.

    My boy Pavel will surely be a fixture in an NHL lineup one day, likely producing 45-55 and amazing two-way/PK play. I just hope it is in NJ!
     
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    I guess the Oilers regret that McDavid pick too since they haven't had any team success.

    Flawed logic.
     
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    Ok...

    Is it me or do we need to put a cap on threads for random milestones? Every one and their mother hit 1000 games this year then were celebrating a player who is underachieving hitting 100 points?

    Chara - 1500 games - cool
    OV - 700 Goals - cool

    Everyone else. Try harder.
     
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    Get off my kool-aid son
     
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    Although, i dont think he will have a 60 and 70 point season.
     
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