#12 – Pavel Zacha, C – Sarnia, OHL

TSN – #6
Central Scouting – #8 NAS
ISS – #10
Craig Button – #24
McKeens – #6
THN – #7

NHL COMPARABLE: Alexander Barkov / Radek Bonk

UPSIDE: 2nd / 3rd line Forward

Pavel Zacha has all of the tools and skills to be a very good player in the NHL. He’s versatile, can play wing or center and doesn’t shy away from the physical stuff. He’s a pretty good skater and has an excellent shot. For whatever reason, I just don’t see star potential with this player. I think he plays the game a lot like Aleksander Barkov which is my comparable in this case. (I didn’t believe in Barkov as a Top 3 pick back in 2013 – ranked him 13th) and from what I’m seeing, Zacha probably shouldn’t be in the top 10 in this draft. However, that doesn’t mean he still can’t be a very solid top-6 or top-9 guy. Picking him in the 11-20 range should be really good value. He also kind of reminds me of Radek Bonk.


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