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2008 NHL Draft: Zac Dalpe

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2008 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?

Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.

2008 NHL Entry Draft Site

    Zac Dalpe
    Rank: No. 16 (North American)
    Position: Center
    Height/Weight: 6-0, 170 pounds
    D.O.B: Nov. 1, 1989

Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Stratford MWJHL 52 30 43 73 68
2007-08 Penticton BCHL 46 27 36 63 14


Helped lead Penticton Vees to BCHL Championship with 17 points (8 goals) in 15 playoffs games. Tied for fifth among rookies in the BCHL with 63 points (27 goals) in 46 games during 2007-08. Led team with three shorthanded goals and was third overall in points. Scored hat trick in helping Canada West to a gold medal at the 2007 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. Patterns game after Joe Sakic. Committed to Ohio State for the fall.


Plays with a lot of energy and has quick release on his shot. Constantly moving. He is offensive minded, but plays well defensively, too. Made huge improvements from previous season.


Late bloomer with good stride and solid offensive instincts.


NHL Team: Vancouver Canucks
NHL Player: Colorado’s Joe Sakic
Shootout move: “The Sam Gagner”
Goal celebration: “Daniel Briere fist pump”
Practice Drill: 3 on 2’s
Video Game: Table Tennis
Movie: Mystery Alaska
TV Show: Entourage
Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington and Jessica Alba
Country Singers: Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley
Book: Gretzky Autobiography
Pump-up song: “Al Pacino’s speech from Any Given Sunday”
Food to cook: Apple crisp
Sport (other than hockey): Baseball
Activity away from the rink: Working out and shooting pool
Toy growing up: Mini sticks
Place to shop: Campus Crew and Abercrombie
Place to visit: Barcelona, Spain
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