[2015 NHL Draft] First Round, Sixth Overall: New Jersey Devils add center depth with selection of Pavel Zacha

By Peter Prohaska
Pavel Zacha - New Jersey Devils

Photo: The New Jersey Devils addressed a need up the middle with the selection of Pavel Zacha in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)



With the sixth overall pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, the New Jersey Devils selected center Pavel Zacha from the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. Zacha is a powerful, aggressive and skilled center who might remind observers more of Bobby Holik than of Patrik Elias. That said, the standout for the Sarnia Sting offers incredible upside.

Zacha is a solidly-built player who combines high-level puck skills with a quick release. The Brno, Czech Republic native stood out from an early age and competed internationally with Team Czech Republic. This season was his first in North America and it was impacted by several factors, including suspensions. Zacha also missed a chunk of time with injury. These factors obviously combined to keep his scoring totals down, but he is a top-flight prospect if he can put it all together.

Despite this, he was a point-per-game player with the Sting. His physical gifts make him an excellent player to build around as the Devils restock their prospect pool.

This video helps show some of the tools that make Zacha a potentially high-impact addition to the New Jersey Devils franchise.