|Written by Rich Dillon|
May 2013 - Zucker helped the Wild to their only victory in the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Chicago. He cut the seriesdeficit in half by scoring the game-winning goal in game three with a 3-2 overtime win. Zucker finished with two points (1 G, 1 A) in his first five career playoff appearances after being called up from the Houston Aeros (AHL) in February of 2013. Even after a disappointing playoff exit for Minnesota, his solid play late in the season appears to have earned him a top-12 forward position going into next season. Look for Zucker to be given even more responsibility in 2014. Clayton Bailey
February 2013- Jason Zucker has been called up by the Minnesota Wild. If he sees any time in the top six, Zucker could be worth a pick up. Zucker has a quick shot and is a great skater, watch him closely. Andrew Ward
February 2013 – Jason Zucker plays a game similar to that of Cal Clutterbuck but with better scoring ability. Zucker is strong, physical, and has the wheels to beat guys to a lot of loose pucks. He doesn’t have the most accurate shot but his release is quick and his shot is deceptive in speed. Zucker is a fantastic scorer. In his first year with the Houston Aeros, he leads the team with 18 goals and 38 points in 43 games. Zucker is willing to go into the gritty areas and isn’t afraid to take a beating at the top of the crease, he has an uncanny sense for finding the puck in the slot and putting it in the back of the net. Being such a versatile forward, Zucker could find himself on third or fourth line checking duty, especially considering the lack of opportunity and the weapons Minnesota has upfront. With the Wild struggling to score and an abysmal 21 goals in 10 games for the entire Minnesota team, a call up wouldn’t be that surprising if the Wild decide to look elsewhere for scoring help. Andrew Ward
December 2012 - Zucker posted 13 shots in a single game for Houston on December 16. He was all over the ice, creating offense every time he touched the puck. He was pigeonholed as a 'tweener' - somewhere between a potential second liner and a potential third liner. But a performance like this certainly makes the case that he'll be a top sixer at the NHL level. To start the AHL season, his first pro campaign, he has 22 points in 22 games. - Dobber
March, 2012 - Zucker signed an entry-level contract with the Wild. (Rich Dillon)
February, 2012 – Zucker, a product of the USDP, tallied 45 points last season for Denver University- as a freshman. He is well on pace to exceed that, despite missing a couple of games while captaining the U.S. team at the World Junior Hockey Championships. With 7 points in 6 games there, Zucker continued to raise his stock in the eyes of the Wild. Plays a fearless game and that hustle should ensure an NHL career.
Fantasy Outlook: A-
Potential top-sixer. Will need a year in college/AHL and another season or two after that as an NHL third liner before he gets there.
Jason Zucker hit in WJC:
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