2009-10: Daniel Zaar played in four men's games with Jonstorps in Division II as a 15-year-old and was the leading scorer for the Jonstorps IF U18 team. He played for Skane in the TV-Pucken tournament for high-school age players. Zaar was with the men's team during the Kval playoffs and had 1 goal with 1 assist. In four games with Jonstorps U20 team he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and had 4 penalty minutes. Zaar spent the bulk of the season with the U18 team and in 17 games scored 12 goals with 11 assists and had 10 penalty minutes. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists in seven games during the TV-Pucken tournament as Skane reached the championship game against Stockholm 1.
2010-11: Zaar moved up to the top division in Sweden – joining his older brother Jonathan with the Rogle BK club in Angelholm. Daniel Zaar split the season between the U20 and U18 squads. In 29 games with Rogle U20, including three playoff games, he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was plus-three with 14 penalty minutes. After finishing fourth, Rogle BK lost to eventual champion Frolunda in the playoff quarterfinals. In 23 games with Rogle BK U18, Zaar scored 16 goals with 18 assists and had 4 penalty minutes. In four playoff games he had 4 assists and 4 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Zaar was one of the top scorers for Rogle BK's U20 team and played a key role in the U18 team's run to a playoff championship. In 44 regular season games with Rogle BK U20 he scored 14 goals with 24 assists and was plus-six with 28 penalty minutes. After finishing first in the South Division and eighth among the Top 10 teams, Rogle BK won a bronze medal in the SuperElit U20 playoffs. In seven playoff games Zaar scored 5 goals with 3 assists and was minus-one with 8 penalty minutes. He scored 6 goals with 6 assists and was plus-five in seven regular season games with Rogle BK U18. In the U18 playoffs he scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was plus-seven as Rogle BK captured the U18 gold medal. Zaar was ranked 114th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft and was selected by Columbus in the sixth round (152nd overall).
Zaar is an extremely well rounded player. Despite a lack in size and strength, which should improve over time, his solid work ethic allows him to hold his own in the defensive zone. He relies on his quick release to beat goalie with a deadly wrist shot and can set up goals just as well as he puts them home. While size and physicality isn’t in his favor, Zaar utilizes his speed to be a play making winger. With great vision and a timely shot, Zaar could be seen as a steal in the sixth round and could play as high as the second line.
Zaar is at least three years from professional play. He will be playing in Sweden next season, but could eventually try his luck in the CHL to adjust to the more physical North American game. He hasn’t had the success scouts would hope to see from him in limited games on the international scale, but it will be interesting to see if he can breakout over the next few seasons.