Zach Redmond
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Zach Redmond


Houston Texas

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7th round (184th overall), 2008


200 lbs.

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2006-07: Zach Redmond was born in Houston, Texas where his father was in the oil and gas industry, but he was raised in Traverse City, Michigan. Attracted the attention of college scouts with his play for Sioux Falls in the USHL. In 60 games with the Stampede, he scored 8 goals with 31 assists.

2007-08: Redmond completed an outstanding freshman season at Ferris State that culminated with an honorable mention to the CCHA All-Rookie team. He led the Bulldogs in defensemen scoring with 6 goals and 13 in 37 games and had a plus/minus ranking of +15. Redmond, along with fellow freshman Scott Wietecha gave Ferris State a promising up and coming defensive duo.

2008-09: Following his selection as a 20-year old in the 2008 NHL draft, Redmond played well as a sophomore on the top defensive pair for Ferris State. Playing in all situations for the Bulldogs, Redmond scored 3 goals with 21 assists in 38 games while his plus/minus ranking slipped to +2. That drop could be partially contributed to the team-wide struggles of the Bulldogs, who finished the season 12-19-7. Richmond was named the Team MVP.

2009-10: After impressing with his conditioning level at the Thrashers' prospect camp, Redmond had an outstanding junior season for the Bulldogs, leading Ferris State to a surprising third place regular season finish in the CCHA. Redmond's 6 goals and 21 assists placed him among the leaders among CCHA defensemen and he also proved to be dangerous on the power play, scoring 5 times. While a pair of disappointing one-goal losses in the CCHA semifinal and third place game kept the Bulldogs from reaching the NCAA tournament, the Bulldogs' 21 wins were the most for the team since the 2002-03 season.

2010-11: Redmond’s final season with Ferris State was interrupted twice by injury, limiting him to just 26 games, however the Bulldogs captain managed a college career high with 7 goals. Having been pursued aggressively by Thrashers management at previous training camps, Redmond finally signed an entry level deal and made his AHL debut with the Chicago Wolves.

2011-12: Redmond was one of three defensemen to top the 30-point mark (along with Paul Postma and Jason DeSantis) for the Jets AHL affiliate St. John's in his first pro season. He scored 8 goals with 23 assists and was plus-nine with 33 penalty minutes in 72 games.  St. John's finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. A healthy scratch at the beginning of the playoffs, Redmond scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games.

2012-13: Redmond skated in eight games for the Jets in his second pro season – suffering a dangerous injury when he cut the femoral artery in his leg in a February practice. He returned to the ice six weeks after the injury – finishing the season with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John's. Redmond scored 1 goal with 3 assists and had an even plus/minus with 12 penalty minutes; averaging 19:34 minutes of ice time with Winnipeg. In 38 games for St. John's he scored 8 goals with 11 assists and was -3 with 34 penalty minutes. The IceCaps missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Atlantic Division.


Talent Analysis

Redmond is a mobile offensive defenseman. He is an excellent skater with very fluid strides and ice edge control. His transitioning is very good, and he moves well laterally. Redmond is poised and patent with the puck and often jumps up into plays. He’ll shoot when the opportunity presents itself and has little trouble getting pucks to the net. Redmond possesses an accurate and heavy slap shot, especially from the blueline. He distributes the puck intelligently and makes crisp, accurate outlet passes. Puck-handling ability and on-ice vision allow him to quarterback the power play competently. His defensive zone play is simple yet effective. As Redmond must continue to develop strength, to effectively contain attackers and play the body. Redmond is a team leader for a successful Ferris State team that tends to get the most out of a roster lacking the big-name prospects of other CCHA schools.



A rising star in the prospect ranks, Redmond could become a fixture on the Jets blueline with his size and steadiness.


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