ALBANY, NY – Pavel Zacha made his AHL debut Wednesday against the Binghamton Senators and was paired with Blake Pietila and Nick Lappin. The 19-year-old is New Jersey’s highest drafted forward – sixth overall – since Bill Guerin – fifth overall – in 1989.
Zacha made his NHL debut and had two assists last Saturday before being returned on loan to Albany at the start of the week.
On Wednesday, his contributions didn’t show in the box score, but he played in all situations.
“He was good,” Kowalsky said. “He looked more comfortable as the game went on. The American League isn’t as predictable. He had a real strong second. We used him a bit in specialty team situations. He’ll get more comfortable. You can see the skill, some of the plays he made on the power play and five-on-five. He had some real strong shifts down low against some big boys. You can see the reason he was a high pick.”
Playing with Sarnia (OHL) this season, Zacha registered 64 points in 51 games, posting 28 goals and 36 helpers.