The New Jersey Devils drafted Czech C Pavel Zacha with the No. 6 pick in Friday’s NHL Draft.
Zacha, 18, scored 16 goals and 18 assists in 37 games for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia.
At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, The Hockey News ranked him the seventh-best prospect in the draft. More from The Hockey News:
Zacha has a combination of size and skill that makes him intriguing. “You look at his numbers and you might say he’s underachieved, but there’s something about this kid,” said a scout. “Looks like a pro. Big power forward with skill. All-around solid player who competes.”
The Devils are one of six teams that has met with pending UFA Michael Frolik yesterday. (Ryan Rishaug)
Frolik, 27, has played the last two years in Winnipeg with the Jets and had 19 goals and 23 assists last season in 17:30 per game.
Frolik played last season on a one-year deal worth $3.3 million.
He was the 10th overall pick in 2006 by Florida and has played 512 career NHL games.
The Devils have released their schedule for the upcoming season.
New Jersey will open the season at home on Friday, Oct. 9 against the Winnipeg Jets. They hit the road for the first time on Oct. 10 against the Washington Capitals.
From the Devils:
The Devils’ home schedule includes 21 weekend dates: ten Friday games, six Saturday matches and five Sunday contests. Highlighting the weekend slate are six early starts: Oct. 31 vs. the Islanders (1:00 PM); Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver (5:00 PM); Feb. 6 vs. Washington (1:00 PM); Feb. 14 vs. Los Angeles (12:30 PM); March 6 vs. Pittsburgh (5:00 PM); and March 20 vs. Columbus (5:00 PM). All other home games will get underway at 7:00 PM.
The club will play its first of 15 home Metropolitan Division matches on Oct. 27 vs. Columbus. There are four pairs of home-and-home sets, all vs. Eastern Conference opponents: Oct. 31 vs. NY Islanders/Nov. 3 at NY Islanders; Nov. 27 vs. Montreal/Nov. 28 at Montreal; Dec. 26 at Carolina/Dec. 29 vs. Carolina; and March 19 at Columbus/March 20 vs. Columbus. New Jersey will play three season-high three-game homestands: Nov. 6 through Nov. 10; Feb. 14 through Feb. 19; and April 5 through the season-closer, April 9. The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will make their lone Prudential Center appearance on Nov. 6.
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Pending approval by the Board of Governors, the NHL will switch to a 3 on 3 overtime period during the regular season (June 23, 8:00 pm).
OT will still be five minutes long and will still go to a shootout if no goal is scored during the period.
According to McKenzie, the NHLPA was adamantly opposed to switching overtime from 4 on 4 to 3 on 3.
The upper limit of the NHL salary cap will be $71.4 million for the 2015-16 season (NHLPA).
The salary floor will be $52.8 million.
The Devils will have over $22 million in cap space heading into next season.