Tomas Zaborsky
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Tomas Zaborsky

Hometown:

Banska Bystrica Slovakia

Team:

Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1987-11-14

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with NY Rangers, 2010

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

Zaborsky, plays left wing and is a native of Trencin, Slovakia.

2005-06: Zaborsky appeared in 49 games for Trencin of the Slovakian Junior League in 2005-06, recording 49 goals and 27 assists with a +59 plus/minus and 20 PIM for the team during those games. After being highly recommended by one of the Rangers' European scouts, he  was selected in the 5th round of the  2006 NHL Entry Draft.

2006-07: After an impressive goal scoring display at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September 2006, Zaborsky spent the season with the OHL Saginaw Spirit. Clearly an offensive threat, he had a tough time getting ice time on a very talented team. Nevertheless, the winger  recorded 43 points in 59 games.

2007-08: Zaborsky decided to remain with the Saginaw Spirit for an overage season, rather than to move to the professional game without an NHL entry level contract. He used the time to become one of his junior team’s leading scorers, and maturing both physically and emotionally on and off the ice. He obtained the coveted NHL entry-level contract this past June.

2008-09: Split the season between the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, posting 10 goals and 6 assists in 19 ECHL games and 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 AHL games.

2009-10: played for Assat Pori in Finland where he posted 9 goals and 17 assists in 43 games. Was traded to the Anaheim ducks in July of 2010.

2010-11: Zaborsky led second-place Assat Pori in goal scoring in his second season with the Finnish club despite playing in just 47 of 60 games. Zaborsky's 23 goals were sixth-most in the SM-Liiga and he also had 10 assists with a +16 plus/minus and 6 PMs. Eight of his 23 goals came on the power play. Zaborsky was scoreless and -1 in six playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Zaborsky is a natural goal-scorer with excellent offensive instincts. He sees the ice well and does not seem daunted by being a bit undersized. After a pair of promising seasons in SM-Liiga, he has exploded this year, scoring well over a point-per-game in Finland’s top league.

 

Future

Zaborsky still needs to overcome both the size issue and make the leap to North American ice if he is to make a name for himself in the NHL. At this point, he has emerged as such an outstanding player in Finland that it would not be difficult to envision him staying in Europe and playing out a very fine pro career there.

 

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