The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Pavel Zacha to a three-year entry-level contract with an average annual value $925,000, the club announced today.
Zacha was the sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft. The 18-year-old from the Czech Republic had 34 points in 37 games last season with OHL Sarnia.
“I think I am physical and I intend to work hard this summer and in training camp and we’ll see if I can play in the NHL next year,” Zacha said after he was drafted, per Sportsnet.
Devils GM Ray Shero said of Zacha that he was “thrilled to have a guy with the size that he has who has the skating ability and a real upside to his game.”
However, Shero did not commit to having the 6-3, 210-pound teenager on the roster next season: “Hopefully, the decision will be apparent to us, but we’ll do what’s best for him in the short and long run and certainly what’s best for the organization.”