(photo credit: City Press/Rogle)
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Daniel Zaar to a three-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Zaar, 20, was Columbus’ fifth pick, 152nd overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.
A native of Helsingborg, Sweden, Zaar spent the 2013-14 season with Rogle in his home country’s Allsvenskan league, netting 16 goals and dishing out 20 assists for 36 points in 52 games played to finish second on his club in scoring. He added 6-16-22 in 16 playoff games, helping Rogle earn a berth in the Kvalserien tournament where they finished third.
In 2012-13, Zaar recorded 2-1-3 in 25 games with Rogle, who competed in the Swedish Hockey League that season. He also skated in 17 games with the club’s SuperElit (Junior/U-20) affiliate, registering 11-8-19 and a +7 plus/minus rating in 17 appearances.
The 6-0, 176-lb. winger also made his Allsvenskan debut during the 2012-13 campaign, appearing in 15 games with Karlskoga while on loan from Rogle and tallying 0-7-7 in addition to a +3 rating.
Zaar spent the majority of the 2011-12 season with Rogle’s J20 squad, tallying 14-24-38 in 44 games played to finish third on the team in scoring. He made his SuperElit debut in 2010-11, registering 3-3-6 in 26 appearances with Rogle.