NEWARK, NJ — After a trying rookie season in 2012-13, Kelly Zajac broke out last year, finishing second on the team with 44 points, including a club-best 32 assists.
“It was definitely a good year for me. The year before was filled with injuries, so it was nice to get a full year in, be healthy and make an impact with the team. The team did a good job and I think that helps with the players’ stats.”
Two years ago, Zajac began the season with Trenton (ECHL) and produced 16 points (6g-10a) in just 15 games. In the AHL, he had four points (2g-2a) in 14 contests.
Centering Albany’s second line in 2013-14, he appeared in 67 games and had 12 goals, including three on the power play and two game winners.
According to Zajac, he worked on his strength this offseason.
“Get stronger and get a little more explosive. You can see how fast guys are in this league and how big they are. Obviously me being a smaller guy, I have to be quick and I have to be strong. I did a lot of leg power — explosive stuff — and hopefully it helps my game out.”
Zajac, who turned 26 on June 6, played four seasons at Union College before joining the Devils in April of 2012.