Daniel Zaar
Image: Rogle BK

Daniel Zaar

Hometown:

Helsingborg Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-04-24

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

6th round (152nd overall), 2012

Weight:

170 lbs.

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History

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).

2012-13: Zaar played in Sweden’s Elitserien as an 18-year-old, skating in 25 games for Rogle, and also played for Karlskoga in Sweden’s second league (AllSvenskan). He also saw action with Rogle’s U20 team. Zaar scored goals in his second and third games for Rogle but had just one assist in his last 22 games. He averaged six minutes of ice time and was -4 with the last-place club. Zaar returned to Rogle for the Kval series playoffs, skating in seven games, and was -3 with 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes. In 21 games with Karlskroga, including six playoff games, he scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was +6 with 4 penalty minutes. Zaar scored 11 goals with 8 assists in 17 regular season games for Rogle’s U20 team. He had no points with 2 penalty minutes and was -1 in his only playoff game.

2013-14: Zaar returned to Rogle BK for his second season with the club — which was relegated to Sweden’s second league, Allsvenskan, following the 2012-13 Kval series. He was the team’s second-leading scorer behind former Connecticut Whale forward Kelsey Tessier. Zaar scored 16 goals with 20 assists and was minus-5 with 28 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games. Rogle finished seventh in the 14-team league but just missed securing elevation to the SHL for 2014-15 — placing first in the four-team play-in series before finishing third behind Orebro HK and Djurgardens, in the six-team Kval Series. Zaar scored 6 goals with 16 assists and was plus-10 with 16 penalty minutes in 16 post-season games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets in May 2014 and was loaned to Lulea in the SHL for the 2014-15 season. 

2014-15: Zaar skated in 55 regular season games and all seven playoff contest for Lulea in his first SHL season. The team’s fourth-leading scorer, he scored 9 goals with 18 assists and was -4 with 18 penalty minutes. Lulea finished eighth in the regular season, taking second-place Frolunda to a decisive Game 7 in their first round series. Zaar scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging 14 minutes of ice time in the playoffs. He played two games for Sweden during the Europe Hockey Trophy tournament, finishing -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes.

2015-16: Zaar was among the leading scorer for Columbus AHL affiliate Lake Erie despite missing five games in his first season in North America. The Monsters earned a playoff spot after finishing fourth in the Central Division.

Talent Analysis

Zaar is an extremely well-rounded player whose solid work ethic allows him to hold his own in the defensive zone. He relies on his quick release to beat goalies with a deadly wrist shot and can set up goals just as well as he puts them home. While physicality is not his focal point, Zaar utilizes his speed to be a playmaking winger.

Future

Zaar is skating for new Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate Lake Erie in 2015-16 in his first season in North America. Among the leading scorers for the Monsters, his positional play and two-way game is still developing. The former sixth-round draft pick has made impressive progress to this point and could have some value in a second or third line role if his development continues.

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