The New Jersey Devils today re-signed restricted free agent center Pavel Zacha to a three-year contract starting with the 2019-20 season. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
"We are happy to have finalized this three-year agreement as Pavel is an important part of our team," said Shero. "He has established himself as someone who can play in any situation and we are looking forward to his continued growth as a player."
The contract runs through the 2021-22 season and carries an average annual value (AAV) of $2,250,000 ($6.75 million total). The breakdown is as follows: 2019-20, $1,750,000; 2020-21, $2,000,000; 2021-22, $3,000,000. He will be a restricted free agent following the 2021-22 season.
Zacha completed his third full season with New Jersey. During his 2018-19 season, Zacha set career-highs in goals (13) and tied his season-high point total (25). He set a career-high recording a three-game goal-streak from Nov. 17-21, 2018, tallying four goals. On April 4, 2019, Zacha skated in his 200th career NHL/Devils game at Carolina. He has registered 29 goals and 47 assists for 76 points in 201 career NHL games.
Born on April 6, 1997, Zacha was New Jersey's first-round selection, 6th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft. He spent two years with the Sarnia Sting (OHL), from 2014 to 2016. During his rookie year in Sarnia, Zacha recorded 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points with a +5 rating in 37 games played and was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team. Through 88 OHL games, he finished with 44 goals and 54 assists for 98 points and 118 penalty minutes with a +22 rating.
The 6'3", 210lb. native of Brno, Czech Republic won a Silver Medal during the 2014 IIHF U18 World Junior Championships, notching three goals and two assists for five points in seven games played. Zacha has also represented Czech Republic in the U20 World Junior Championships on three occasions (2013-2015), recording one goal and two assists for three points in 13 games played.