Zach Miskovic

Hometown:

River Forest Illinois

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1985-05-08

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2003

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2009

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2002-03: Miskovic played for Cedar Rapids in the USHL. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was -4 with 91 PIM in 60 games as the RoughRiders finished second in the East division. In seven playoff games he was scoreless and was -5 with 2 PIM. Cedar Rapids defeated Topeka in the first round before being swept by eventual Clark Cup champion Lincoln in the semifinals.

2003-04: Miskovic returned to Cedar Rapids and the RoughRiders once again finished second in the East – one point behind Chicago. Miskovic scored 6 goals with 15 assists and was +3 with 139 PIM in 60 games. In the playoffs, he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -5 with 2 PIM. Cedar Rapids, after opening the playoffs with a 3-1 win, lost three straight games to third-place Danville.

2004-05: Cedar Rapids was the dominant team in the USHL in Miskovic’s final season. He scored 3 of his 4 goals on the power play and had 20 assists with 149 PIM as the RoughRiders ran away with the Eastern Division. He finished +4 in 60 games for Cedar Rapids. In the playoffs, he missed 3 of 11 games. Cedar Rapids swept in the first two rounds before winning a classic five-game series over Sioux City, 3 games to 2. Miskovic scored 1 power play goal and was +4 with 14 PIM in eight playoff games.

2005-06: Miskovic stepped right into the lineup for St. Lawrence University as a freshman. He appeared in 40 games and scored 1 goal with 15 assists and was an even plus/minus with 30 PIM. Miskovic scored the first goal of his college career in a 3-0 win over Union on January 14. The Saints finished fifth in the ECACHL and broke the 20-win barrier for the first time since 2000-01. The season came to a disappointing end with back-to-back losses to Harvard after the Saints had defeated Harvard, 5-1, in the opening game of their best-of-three ECACHL quarterfinal series.

2006-07: St. Lawrence captured the ECACHL regular season title and qualified for the NCAA tournament in Miskovic’s second season. He scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was an even plus/minus with 48 PIM in 39 games for the Saints, who finished tied with Clarkson with 39 points but won the league title since they had more wins. In the ECAC tournament, the Saints swept Colgate (6-1, 5-1) in the quarterfinals but were shutout by Quinnipiac, 4-0 in the semifinals, before defeating Dartmouth in the league’s third-place game, 5-3. Although the season ended with a 4-1 loss to eventual Frozen Four runner-up Boston College in the NCAA Northeast regional semifinal, the Saints finished with more than twenty games for back-to-back seasons for the sixth time in Coach Joe Marsh’s tenure.

2007-08: Miskovic’s junior season was a mixed bag as the Saints slipped to ninth in the ECACHL. To his credit, Miskovic was the leading scorer amongst Saints defensemen; scoring 3 of his 8 goals on the power play and adding 12 assists with 26 PIM. He was -1 plus/minus in 37 games for the Saints and was named All-ECAC Third Team. Team-wise, the Saints hit two long periods where they struggled – going 2-5-2 in their first nine league games after opening the season with a pair of wins. And then winning just one ECACHL game between January 18 and Feb 23 (1-9-0). The Saints looked like they might get some redemption at the end of the year, winning their final two games of the regular season and then opening with a 5-2 win over Colgate, with Miskovic scoring twice, in the ECACHL best-of-three quarterfinals. However, Colgate bounced back to win the next two games and ended the season for the Knights.

2008-09: Miskovic finished his college career with a flourish, leading all NCAA defensemen in goals while St. Lawrence finished fourth in the ECAC and just missed an NCAA tournament berth. Miskovic scored 16 goals, including five power play tallies and four game-winning goals in 38 games for the Saints. He had 9 assists and was +11 with 32 PIM. Miskovic had three two-goal games for the Saints including a pair of goals in a 5-3 win over Quinnipiac in the ECAC quarterfinals on March 14 that clinched the best of three series. Miskovic had a goal and an assist the previous night in the series opener as the Saints beat the Bobcats by the same 5-3 score. After falling to Yale, 4-3, in the semifinals, the Saints faced Princeton in what was a must-win for St. Lawrence in terms of securing an NCAA bid. Despite being out-shot by a wide margin, the Saints tied the game early in the third period on a Derek Keller goal but could not beat Princeton’s
Zane Kalemba after that and the game ended, 2-2. Miskovic was named to the ECAC and NCAA All-American East First teams. He signed a free-agent, one-year contract with the Capitals in March.

2009-10: Miskovic spent his first year of pro hockey with the Capitals’ AHL affiliate Hershey. He was +4 with one assist in his first seven games before scoring his first goal in the Bears’ 4-1 win at Manchester on November 7. Miskovic had six games where he had at least two points and for the season he scored 6 goals with 20 assists. He finished the season +18 with 25 PIM in 59 games for Hershey. In the Calder Cup playoffs, he appeared in six games and scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2. Miskovic, a restricted free agent, was re-signed by the Capitals to a one-year contract in June.

2010-11: Miskovic skated in 58 games for AHL Hershey in his second season – missing time due to an upper body injury. He finished +12 for the season and scored 7 goals with 9 assists and had 58 PMs. Miskovic skated in five of six playoff games for the Bears and was scoreless and -1 with 8 PMs. Miskovic was re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Capitals in May 2011.
 

Talent Analysis

Miskovic is a sound, two-way defensemen who can contribute to the offensive attack. He is not a physically imposing player but plays a solid game in his own zone and is usually in good position. He plays a safe game and relies on smart, quick passes. He has an accurate shot that is especially effective on the power play.

Future
Miskovic was signed to a one-year contract over the summer and will likely spend the season in Hershey (AHL) with possible call-up duty during the year. Miskovic has been effective both at the NCAA and AHL levels but at 25-years-old may not have much more upside. With a crowded defensemen picture for the Capitals, his NHL opportunity may come elsewhere.