Marek Zagrapan
www.amerks.com

Marek Zagrapan

Hometown:

Zlin Slovakia

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1986-12-06

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (13th overall), 2005

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

Zagrapan has been a major force throughout the year in Chicoutimi. Since being selected 15th overall in the 2004 European import draft, he has become a fan favorite while putting solid numbers as a rookie.

December 2005 Q&A with Zagrapan.

2005-06. Zagrapan spent two seasons with QMJHL Chicoutimi, collecting 169 points in 118 games. He recorded 17 points in 17 games during the 2005 QMJHL Playoffs, and his 11 goals were second only to Sidney Crosby (14).

2006-07: This was Zagrapan’s first season of pro hockey, which he spent with the Rochester Americans (AHL). In 71 games he tallied 17 goals and 38 points (seventh on the team).

2007-08: His second season with the Rochester Americans (AHL) was better than his first, a 76 game campaign that resulted in 18 goals and 40 points total.

2008-09: In 80 games with the Portland Pirates (AHL), the center tallied 21 goals and 49 points in 80 games. Expect to see him venture to the KHL next season, as his rights are owned by the Severstal Cherepovets.

Talent Analysis

Although he is blessed with undeniable skills, his maturity and effort have been serious issues.  His skating ability, balance, and quick hands led the Sabres to pick him 13th overall in 2005.  He has not lifted his game in the past two seasons with Rochester to become the offensive force that Buffalo projected.  His mental makeup and lack of consistency make Zagrapan a big question mark. 

Future

With his return to Europe, it seems unlikely that Zagrapan has a future with the Sabres.

Related Articles