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Travis Zajac | Center

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
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New Devils head coach John Hynes will try to help Travis Zajac improve his game.
"I know he's a very good two-way player, extremely responsible, very competitive. He has some offensive upside and can score," said Hynes. "That again is something you really want to watch. I'm going to go through (video), talk with him, talk with the guys who have been here and really watch his shifts, watch his games and see what part of his game we can help him become better at." The hope is that Hynes will be able to get more offense out of Zajac. The 30-year-old center notched just 11 goals and 25 points in 74 games in 2014-15. Jun 10 - 11:43 AM

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Outside of his bank account, Travis Zajac's future appears to be a bit less clear.

When asked about how the influence of new GM Ray Shero and impending new coaching staff will affect him Zajac bluntly responded, "To be honest, I'm not sure how I'll be affected." Zajac hasn't been the same player since losing most of 2011-12 due to injury. In the four seasons prior to the injury, Zajac scored 71 goals and 205 points. Then he signed his eight-year, $46M contract. Since then, he's tallied just 38 goals and 143 points in the four years since. Now entering his age-30 season, Zajac's time with the only organization he's known may be drying up as the Devils may look to rebuild their core. "I'll do whatever it takes to help this team in any way. I believe in this organization."
Source: Rich Chere
May 19 - 8:00 PM

Travis Zajac had an assist in a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

Zajac has 11 goals and 24 points in 72 games this season. This is just the second season of his eight-year, $46 million contract. We wouldn't count on him ever living up to that contract, but at the same time he's just 29 years old (30 in May), so a comeback certainly isn't impossible.
Apr 8 - 11:14 AM

Travis Zajac scored for the Devils in Thursday night's 3-2 overtime loss to Washington.

Zajac's 11th marker of he season came shorthanded and set up a Devils comeback which earned New Jersey a point. Zajac has 23 points in 66 games this year.
Mar 26 - 11:52 PM

Travis Zajac scored a goal in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston.

The Devils were down 2-0 in the game when Zajac scored at the 5:57 mark of the third period. Teammate Jordin Tootoo tied the game just two minutes after Zajac scored. Despite the goal, Zajac is having a rough season offensively. The 29-year-old hadn't registered a point in his last seven games coming into this one. He has just nine goals and 19 points in 54 games this season.
Feb 27 - 10:05 PM

Travis Zajac had an assist in a 2-1 loss to Edmonton Monday night.

Zajac has eight goals and 18 points in 46 contests in 2014-15. He might pick up the pace somewhat in the final months of the season, but we wouldn't count on him to have much fantasy value in standard leagues.
Feb 10 - 11:16 AM

Travis Zajac is in the lineup for the Devils Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs.

The veteran center is apparently well enough to dress Wednesday after recovering from an illness. Zajac didn’t miss any games due to the illness and will look to get his season back on track Wednesday night where he will center Patrick Elias and Martin Havlat. On the season he has eight goals and 16 points in 39 games.
Jan 28 - 7:27 PM

Travis Zajac (illness) was able to participate in Wednesday's practice.

Zajac stayed off the ice Tuesday due to the disease. He should be fine to play against Toronto Wednesday night.
Jan 28 - 10:57 AM

Travis Zajac has produced three goals and three assists in his past seven games.

He has responded well to some changes that co-coach Adam Oates has requested he make to his game. "He challenges you in different ways than a regular coach just the way he sees the game and interprets the game," Zajac said. "I haven't had many coaches who think the way he does. I like to think of myself as a cerebral player and I think having him here just gets me thinking a little differently in some situations. He challenges me to make some plays and I like that." His confidence is growing and Oates has him working on the point on the power play as well.
Jan 14 - 2:20 PM

Travis Zajac scored a goal and registered an assist in a 4-1 win Tuesday night.

Zajac has six goals and 13 points in 34 contests in 2014-15. It's been a poor season by his standards, but he has five points in his last five games. Although we wouldn't bet too heavily on the possibility, it wouldn't be surprising if Zajac has a solid second half despite his early struggles.
Jan 7 - 9:09 AM

Devils center Travis Zajac contributed a goal and an assist in the New Jersey Devils' 3-2 victory over the the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night.

It was the first win for Scott Stevens and Adam Oates, who were named co-coaches by general manager Lou Lamoriello on Saturday after the firing of Peter DeBoer on Friday. New Jersey (13-18-7) lost to the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday. Devils forward Jaromir Jagr scored late in the second period Monday and that turned out to be the game winner. It was his 126th game-winning goal, extending his NHL record. Zajac's goal was his sixth of the season. He also produced his fifth assist on Adam Henrique's 10th goal of the season.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 10:48:00 PM

Devils center Travis Zajac will return to the lineup against the Islanders tonight and will center New Jersey's top line, between Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr.

It's will be Zajac's first game since Nov. 28. He was out with a lower-body injury and the mumps. Zajac has four goals and four assists in 23 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 06:54:00 PM

Travis Zajac (lower body) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.

Zajac had already declared himself ready to return, so this is just further confirmation. Look for Scott Gomez to play a somewhat reduced role now that Zajac's back.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Travis Zajac (lower body) has declared himself ready to return Monday.

Zajac missed eight games due to the injury. His return is likely bad news for Scott Gomez, who has been centering the Devils' top line in his absence. Zajac has four goals and eight points in 23 games in 2014-15, but he's capable of doing significantly better than that.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Travis Zajac took part in the Devils' optional skate on Sunday.

Zajac has been out with a lower-body injury since November 28th. The Devils aren't sure if he will be available for Monday's game in Long Island. The 29-year-old has four goals and eight points in 23 games this season.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Travis Zajac
2Patrik Elias
3Jacob Josefson
4Pavel Zacha
LW1Adam Henrique
2Michael Cammalleri
3Tuomo Ruutu
4Reid Boucher
5Ryane Clowe
RW1Kyle Palmieri
2Stephen Gionta
3Sergey Kalinin
4Jordin Tootoo
5Mike Sislo
D1Andy Greene
2Damon Severson
3Adam Larsson
4John Moore
5Eric Gelinas
6Jonathon Merrill
7Seth Helgeson
G1Cory Schneider
2Keith Kinkaid