Zach Pochiro
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Zach Pochiro

Hometown:

St. Louis Missouri

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-03-06

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (112th overall), 2013

Weight:

170 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Zach Pochiro played for the Nevada Stars in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL). He scored 18 goals with 11 assists in 20 games with 40 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Pochiro played for the Los Angeles Junior Kings U18 team. In 31 games he scored 22 goals with 12 assists. Pochiro was selected by Fargo in the sixth round (84th overall) of the 2011 USHL Entry Draft.

2011-12: Pochiro went to training camp with the WHL’s Prince George Cougars before skating for Wichita Falls in the North American Hockey League. Pochiro led the Wildcats with 154 penalty minutes and and was the team’s leading scorer with 18 goals with 16 assists in 52 games, finishing plus-8. Wichita Falls missed the playoffs after finishing sixth in the South Division.

2012-13: Pochiro returned to Prince George and made the Cougars as an 18-year-old free agent. He was the team’s third-leading scorer, scoring 15 goals with 24 assists in 65 games, and was minus-4 with a team-leading 105 penalty minutes. The Cougars missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in the B.C. Division. Ranked 173rd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Pochiro was selected by St. Louis in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Pochiro attended training camp with the Blues before returning to Prince George for his second WHL season. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with St. Louis in March and made his pro hockey debut with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings following his junior season. He had 2 assists and was minus-1 in nine games with the Wings. Pochiro was the third-leading scorer for Prince George while leading the Cougars with 123 penalty minutes. In 63 regular season games he  was minus-14 and scored 27 goals with 39 assists. Prince George finished fourth in the B.C Division; missing the WHL playoffs.  
 
2014-15: Pochiro attended training camp with the Blues and skated in eight ECHL games with the Alaska Aces before being returned to the Prince George Cougars for an overage season in November. He had 2 assists and was -6 with 13 penalty minutes with the Aces. Pochiro scored 19 goals with 23 assists and had an even plus/minus with 69 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games with Prince George. The Cougars finished third in the B.C. Division, losing in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Pochiro scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games.

2015-16: Pochiro made his AHL debut with the Chicago Wolves in a December game against Milwaukee, finishing with no points nor penalties in his only AHL game. He played 44 games with the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards, scoring 9 goals with 17 assists, and was -9 with 69 penalty minutes. Quad City finished third in the Midwest Division and was swept by Missouri in a first-round playoff series. Pochiro missed the playoffs after suffering an upper-body injury in April.

Talent Analysis

Pochiro continues to grow in the offensive zone but remains a power forward with a solid two-way game. He is still a work in progress at this time and continues to refine his skills and become a more consistent player. His overall skating is a concern and better puck handling skills will give him an added edge in the offensive zone to go along with his solid defensive play.

Future

Pochiro played for the ECHL's Quad City Mallards in his first pro season in 2015-16, appearing in one AHL game with the Chicago Wolves. A popular draft pick as a St. Louis native, he has some scoring ability and plays with a sandpaper to his game. The 22-year-old is still fairly raw as a prospect and will need to make strides in 2016-17 if he is to one day play in the NHL.

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