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Wild re-sign Zucker for two years

Jul 15, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild are making sure to maintain their forward depth through the system.

The team announced they’ve re-signed restricted free agent forward Jason Zucker to a two-year deal. The first year of the new contract is a two-way deal and the second year will be one-way meaning he makes the same in the NHL or the AHL.

During the past two seasons Zucker has been an ideal depth player for the Wild. He scored four goals with five points in 21 games last season and had the same stats two seasons ago in 20 games. He’s nothing if not consistent.

At 22 years old, Zucker is a player the organization still has hopes he’ll turn into a consistent goal scorer at the NHL level, but he’s seen other young prospects zoom past him and into the big leagues. Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, and Erik Haula all established themselves last season.

Zucker is coming off a late-season knee injury and will look to impress in training camp. At the very least he’ll start the season in Iowa.

  1. wutangwild - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Nice. Hope he can compete for a roster spot, kid has all kinds of speed and a pretty good shot as well.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    47GP, 8 goals, 4 assists, 12 PTS in his NHL career.
    When you think about it if he plays a full 82 games this kid could score 14/15 goals along with 7/8 assists which wouldn’t be bad for a 3rd or 4th liner
    Not to mention he’s only going to get better, so this is a great signing by the wild, I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far from him

  3. illogic87 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Dude plays no D, if he isnt consistently producing on offense he is a waste of roster space.

    • boatinb - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      He was a plus 2 in 21 games so I don’t know what you mean by no “D”. He also has good speed. I would love to see him on a line with Haula.

      • getadealdonealready - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Hadn’t thought about that combo, that would have the makings of one of the fastest lines in the league! As a long time fan it’s fun to think about the possibilities when you have a team full of NHL talent, and players waiting for their chance to show what they can do, Fletcher has this team in a great spot!

  4. lbeezyse - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    They say his two way game is coming along. If Zuck can get his butt in gear a 3rd line of zuck-haula-nino would be a blast to watch. Zuck and haula are two of the faster players in the league.

    • wutangwild - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Breakaways on breakaways. I really hope Nino gets top-6 minutes, though I like his versatility and he fits in on pretty much every line

  5. purpleguy - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Seems like he’s always in Yeo’s doghouse, which usually means lack of effort or poor positioning on defense. The guy’s sure got wheels and good hands though.

    • ffrey3660 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Being in Yeo’s dog house mean’s UR been blamed for poor game management by the HEAD coach. He never really give’s Zucker enough game’s or ice time to get him to develop into a good player. Player’s that are sent down to the minor’s because a coach that has no real clue of what is going on only take their fire away from them. Yeo got a extension and now we get to watch him stand behind the bench in a total daze of what the f#c$ is happening! The central div has beefed up and Vanik only keep’s us at the same level, sorry to break the new’s to everyone.

      • wutangwild - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        Can’t even spell a former Gopher’s name right…move along. Watch your usage of the apostrophe as well, ffrey

  6. jdangerd - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I have watched him since his DU years… Reckless offense albeit effective. He played such a scoring role in NCAA that his defense suffered. I imagine after a disappointing year he will be extremely motivated to prove he belongs in the NHL. I just hope he can accept his role and bring some much needed depth scoring.

  7. luvmnsports2012 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Yeo is a good coach. He should do good things for the Wild. I’m pretty sure ZUCKER only played in 20 or so games, give or take a few.

  8. rsmaggiemae - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Yes, I agree Zucker has the speed to be a great player some day, but it is his defensive play that I think is his issue with Yeo… he sometimes is so fast that he does not take the time to
    see the plays on the ice and just passes the puck and it gets intercepted as I have seen that 3-4 times last year …. and that sets up goals for the opposing teams
    In response to one reply that getting Vanek just leaves the Wild in the same spot once again, name one other player on the roster that can get the high slot tip ins and is really a big body to move in front of the goalie???? I just hope that the fans here give Vanek a fair chance. as remember in 2012 when Parise and Suter signed the Wild were terrible for the first 3 months of the season and all I heard over and over again was that these new players have got to find thier chemistry with the other players. so I can assume that is what the fans have to give Vanek a chance to find chemistry hopefully with Pomanville….. I got so tired of hearing about chemistry every game, but it finally happened with Parise and Suter
    I dont totally agree with Yeo being a good coach, as I dont understand how a coach can put out his 4th line agains the opposing teams 1st line and expect to win games./
    He is afraid to bench some of his veterans when thier game stinks and just keeps putting them in and they disappear on the ice… it is like he is afraid to hurt thier feeling,s this is a business and you do whatever it takes to win games, no matter whose feelings get hurt..
    I felt that he didnt give Haula a really fair chance in the beginning giving him more of a defensive role… that is not his type of game… but he’s the coach. I realize it takes time to get better but I felt as though Haula was held back … and in some instances the games were lost and I am not saying that Huala and Vanek are the saviors to the Wild…but only time will tell but at least be fair to Vanek… I always loved his play when he was a gopher and was at both championship games in 2002 and 2003 i was disappointed in 2003 that the Wild had the 20th pick in that draft and he went 5th to the Sabres…

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