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By the Numbers Prospects: Zach Gallant

Young center was an alternate captain for the Peterborough Petes this past season

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2017-18 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on forward Zach Gallant.

Zach Gallant is an Oakville, Ontario native that the Red Wings selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Gallant was an alternate captain for his junior team, the OHL's Peterborough Petes, this past season.

During his second junior season in 2016-17, Gallant was named his team's most improved player after going from zero goals to 21.

He was named the third most improved player and best on face-offs in the 2016-17 OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll.

4 -- Gallant was one of the Wings' four third-round picks, taken 83rd overall. Kasper Kotkansalo, Lane Zablocki and Keith Petruzzelli were the others taken in the third round.

16 -- During the 2017-18 season, Gallant registered 16 goals, a bit of a drop-off from the 21 he scored during the 2016-17 season. He was fourth on the team in goals, tied with Christopher Paquette.

6 -- Gallant had six power-play goals, tied for third on the team. Only Logan DeNoble with 15 and Nikita Korostelev with nine had more.

3 -- Gallant had three shorthanded goals, tied for the team lead with Jonathan Ang. 15 - The 6-foot-2 center had 15 assists, which was 12th on the Petes.

31 - Gallant was eighth on the Petes with 31 points. He had 47 points during the 2016-17 season.

2 - Gallant is one of two Wings prospects that played for the Petes. Defenseman Cole Fraser was selected by the Wings in the fifth round, 131st overall, in the 2017 draft.

Quotable: "He had a breakout season the year before. We expected a natural progression but he was in and out of the lineup with injuries and finished the year on an injury. It was frustrating for him, for sure. He was still one of the best face-off guys in the league even though he didn't play as much as he would like. He's a big, two-way centerman, that would be his projection as a pro. He'll be a point-a-game centerman for us (next year), playing against the other team's top line, a net-front guy on the first power play. He'll be the captain or assistant captain. He was drafted to be that guy as a 19-year-old. We finished early and he's already in great shape, he got right in the gym. We expect a big year for him." -- Andrew Verner, Peterborough Petes assistant coach (interim head coach last year from January-April)

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