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Travis Zajac | Center | #19

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (20) / NJ
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Travis Zajac scored two goals and an assist in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Zajac scored the game's first goal just 30 seconds into the opening frame and he assisted on Blake Coleman's tally less than three minutes later. The Devils forward also scored the last goal of the game midway through the third frame. He finished the night with a plus-3 rating and five shots on goal in 17:03 of ice time. The offensive outburst was a little unexpected considering he came into this game with a nine-game pointless streak. Zajac is up to seven goals and 10 points in 34 games this season. Feb 3 - 10:22 PM

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Travis Zajac scored twice in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Islanders Sunday.

Zajac has only five goals and seven points in 24 games but has three goals and five points in his last four games as it looks like he has finally recovered from his pectoral surgery in August. Zajac has been good of late for 40-45 points in a full season but that will not happen this year.
Jan 8 - 7:12 AM

Travis Zajac needed six stitches to close a cut on his forehead after taking a slap shot to the head last night.

The puck hit him in the helmet but the impact was strong enough to cut him. He went through the concussion protocol and there were no issues. The 32-year-old center will be fine for tomorrow's game against the Islanders.
Jan 6 - 3:14 PM

Travis Zajac left Thursay night's 4-3 loss to Dallas in the third period after getting hit in the helmet by a slapshot.

Zajac got in the way of a Kyle Palmieri slapshot during a power play and left the game and did not return. It is unclear if the two-way pivot sustained a concussion. More should be known when the Devils take the ice for a practice Saturday morning.
Jan 6 - 9:57 AM

Travis Zajac scored and added an assist in the Devils 5-2 loss to Washington Saturday.

Zajac picked up his first assist of the season in addition to his third goal. It's not the best of seasons for the center who started the season on the injured reserve list after offseason surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle. He has played 21 games thus far and four points is not going to do it.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:36:00 AM

Travis Zajac scored a goal in the Devils' 5-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Zajac has two goals and no assists in 13 games this season. It hasn't helped that he's seen his role reduced in 2017-18 in general and especially in recent games as he logged 13:06 minutes on Saturday and 14:41 minutes Tuesday night. Even still, perhaps his goal on Tuesday will help turn things around.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 05:06:00 AM

Travis Zajac played as a bottom-two center on Saturday.

Zajac has only one goal in 12 games this season and his spot on the second line was taken by Pavel Zacha who played between Marcus Johansson and Stefan Noesen. Zajac centered Brian Gibbons and Miles Wood Saturday and played only 13:06, his second lowest total of the season. Zajac will eventually get it going but you cannot put him in your lineup at this time.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 08:33:00 AM

Travis Zajac found the back of the net in the Devils' 4-1 win against Columbus.

It was Zajac's first goal and point in 10 games this season. He didn't make his season debut until Nov. 16 because he was recovering from pectoral surgery. He should eventually pick up the pace offensively, though we don't expect him to average much more than 0.5 PPG even in a best case scenario.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 10:18:00 AM

Travis Zajac will play alongside Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford in his season debut Thursday night.

There was some uncertainty as to how Zajac would fit into the lineup given that he practiced with different wingers on Tuesday compared to Wednesday. In the end though, he's going to be starting on the second line. That means Nico Hischier will play with Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 01:10:00 PM

Travis Zajac will make his season debut Thursday night at Toronto.

Zajac underwent pectoral surgery back in August and originally he wasn't expected to be ready to play again until February. He produced 14 goals and 45 points in 80 games with the Devils last year.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 11:48:00 AM

Devils coach John Hynes cautioned against reading too much into Travis Zajac's (pectoral) linemates during Wednesday's practice.

As previously reported, Zajac practiced alongside Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford on Wednesday, which was a bit surprising as he was projected to play alongside Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri when he returns. However, after skating alongside Hall and Palmieri on Tuesday, Hynes wanted to give Zajac the chance to maximize the number of wingers he worked with. "Yeah, exactly," Hynes said. "Both days we did a lot of line combos and five on five stuff. It’s a chance for those guys to work in between and get a little bit of chemistry, not reading too much into it." Zajac hasn't played yet this season, but he might return on Thursday.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 07:28:00 AM

Travis Zajac (pectoral) was able to practice again on Wednesday.

The stage seems to be set for Zajac to return on Thursday, but that hasn't been set in stone yet. "He went through practice again today and looked good," Devils coach John Hynes said. "The final check will be checking with him in the morning, and if all is good we expect him to play." It's worth noting that Zajac practiced on the second line with Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford on Wednesday after practicing on the top line Tuesday. With that in mind, it's not entirely clear where he'll be playing if he does return Thursday night.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 01:51:00 PM

Travis Zajac is a possibility to play Thursday night against Toronto.

Zajac underwent pectoral surgery back in August and he wasn't expected to be ready to return until February. He practiced on the top line with Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri on Tuesday. Coach John Hynes wants to see Zajac in another practice and if everything goes well then he could return much earlier than expected.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 01:30:00 PM

There could be an update Saturday as to the progress Travis Zajac is making in his recovery from pectoral muscle surgery.

Zajac, who had the procedure on August 17th, seems to be ahead of his 4-6 month prognosis as he is skating on his own. Devils' coach John Hynes may have an update as to when Zajac will be able to join his teammates in a workout. Stay tuned.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 08:52:00 AM

Travis Zajac (pectoral) took part in Friday's optional skate.

Zajac had skated previously, but this was his first time participating in a team practice. That being said, it was a very optional skate that only involved four other players, two goaltenders, and none of the drills involved any contact. Zajac is making progress, but shouldn't be expected to return before February.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nico Hischier
2Travis Zajac
3Pavel Zacha
4Brian Boyle
5Blake Coleman
LW1Taylor Hall
2Jesper Bratt
3Brian Gibbons
4Michael Grabner
5Miles Wood
6John Quenneville
RW1Kyle Palmieri
2Marcus Johansson
3Drew Stafford
4Stefan Noesen
5Jimmy Hayes
D1Sami Vatanen
2Damon Severson
3Will Butcher
4Andy Greene
5John Moore
6Mirco Mueller
7Ben Lovejoy
G1Cory Schneider
2Keith Kinkaid
3Eddie Lack