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Pavel Zacha's potential being unlocked as a Bruin

Published March 31, 2024 at 5:27 PM

It's becoming clear that general manager Don Sweeney made another correct decision in picking up Pavel Zacha as a replacement centerman on the top line after the Bruins lost Bruins legend Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci to retirement.

Zacha, was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 2015, in the first round 6th overall. Throughout his career with the devils which spanned seven seasons, it seemed the devils were unable to unlock his potential and he never passed 40 points per season.

Since joining the Bruins he has surpassed those numbers and is well on his way to achieving over 60 points.

«That was something I was looking forward to coming to Boston, knowing that in the future I'll be able to get a chance to play center and getting the great opportunities that I'm getting to play,» Zacha said. «So, I'm enjoying this year and think I just have to keep working hard and getting better in those situations.

Head coach Jim Montgomery has been tinkering with Zacha on which linemates would fit him best and they have placed him with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak to see how it would work.

«They put ‘Pasta' and ‘Marchy' with me in different games just to see how it goes,» Zacha said. «They've played together for a very long time, so for me it's exciting to play with two of the best wingers in the League.»

With his game continuing to improve with the Bruins, his salary cap hit is also something to be admired as he holds a $4.75 million cap it AAV for the next three seasons. As his point totals continued to blossom this contract will age better and better with time.
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Pavel Zacha's potential being unlocked as a Bruin

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