The kid is probably still injured, and Heaven forbid he does well and helps this team right now. That said, I'm happy about this more for the fact that Fletcher's plan is to spread out the contracts a bit. It'd be a nightmare having to re-sign all of these kids during the same year....especially if they do well.
Plays with alot of hustle and tons of energy. Has solid offensive abilities all-around; possesses a very good wrist shot. Willing to make the hit, go into the dirty areas and go into traffic. A very good skater with impressive speed. Extremely versatile. Has a solid build to play his style of game. Extremely confident. An accomplished young player; has tons of experience playing international tournaments, including two WJC U-20 Gold Medals as well as two other with Team USA U-18. Won WCHA Rookie of the Year and will be one of Denver's key players.
Questions whether he will develop into a top six forward or settle into the checking role on the third line. While he has good offensive abilities, he doesn't have that extra gear that separates him.
Zucker isn't my #3 choice but I can see how many view him as such.
Like Coyle, he is just so good at so many things and can play so many roles that he will be very valuable on the Wild, whether it means scoring a goal, making a hit or just inserting some energy into the game. His experience playing in two World Juniors (soon to be three) is impressive for such a young kid and will only help him develop his poise and confident at the professional level. Not to mention, potential future captain?
Like I said, not my #3 choice because in the future, I view Zucker as a third liner player. But that doesn't mean he isn't good enough to play in the top six. But his strengths are built for that checking, energy role.
Zucker has all the attributes that the Wild love in their bottom six forward that he fits right in place. Like Clutterbuck, he will play a high-intensity game while possessing a dangerous shot that will give the Wild an impressive third line as well as three lines that can score goals.
Bold statement: a very good third line forward that can play in any situation, score goals and even sometimes fit into the second line and still do very well. A captain officially or just in the locker room, and will just be a confident, reliable NHLer.
It's been a good year for debuts...always exciting to see which ones debut from college at the end.
Originally Posted by ShutDownDefense
Yeah if we signed all of these guys at the same time and all of their ELC's ended at the same time and depending on how they play over the next three years, they could end up with some hefty pay raises which would have Fletch doing some epic cap management over that summer.
Good to see Zucker signed, now just need to get Granlund and we're set. Anyword on the cap hit yet?