Travis Zajac
C NJ
5 days ago

Zajac opened the scoring for the Devils in their 5-1 home win over the Kings on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Playing in his 12th year for the Devils, Zajac went scoreless in nine straight games after returning from a pectoral injury, but he's starting to heat up with two goals in the last four. We figure that the Canadian pivot will gradually see increased ice time as the season wears on; currently, he's averaging 16:33 with 1:08 on the power play and 1:45 shorthanded. Especially since he shows up in both special teams situations, fantasy owners should consider buying low on Zajac in fantasy games.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
1 month ago

Zajac (pectoral) will be on the ice for his season debut against the Maple Leafs on Thursday evening.

EDGE Analysis

We're projecting Zajac to immediately slide in on the second line with rookie Jesper Bratt and fellow veteran Drew Stafford. The Devils managed to tie the Golden Knights and Islanders for a fourth-place ranking in scoring (3.5 goals per game) without Zajac, but adding the 32-year-old to the mix should only heighten the appeal of rostering a New Jersey player in fantasy land. He posted 42 and 45 points, respectively, the past two years.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
1 month ago

Zajac (pectoral) has been given a clean bill of health, but he won't play Saturday against Florida or Sunday against the Blackhawks.

EDGE Analysis

Zajac has been cleared to play, but coach John Hynes evidently wants him to log several full practices before returning to game action. Hynes told reporters he anticipates that Zajac should return to the lineup "early next week," which suggests he'll likely make his season debut Thursday against Toronto. The 31-year-old forward, who notched 45 points in 80 games last campaign, has missed the first 15 games of the season due to a pectoral injury.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
1 month ago

Zajac (pectoral) has received medical clearance to resume practice, Deb Placey of MSG Networks reports.

EDGE Analysis

It sounds like Zajac is progressing well, but he still has a ways to go in his rehab, including the need to prove that he can withstand contact in such practices. The veteran leads by example and he'll certainly be welcomed with open arms upon his projected return in mid-December, but it's worth noting that the Devils have managed to stay atop the Metropolitan Division standings with 20 points in 15 games. This is in spite of Zajac having yet to make his season debut.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
2 months ago

Zajac (pectoral) joined his teammates on the ice Friday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to coach John Hynes, Zajac hitting the ice was "more mental" rather than a "huge step in recovery process." The news seems to indicate the initial time line of a mid-December return seems to still be accurate. With the veteran in the lineup, Nico Hischier has been pressed into action on the top line, a role he will likely continue to fill for the foreseeable future.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
3 months ago

Zajac (pectoral) will start rehabbing his left arm in approximately one month's time, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

Zajac won't be ready to return until mid-December -- at the earliest -- after undergoing offseason surgery. The biggest impact from the 32-year-old's absence will likely be the increased role -- and pressure -- for first-overall pick Nico Hischier.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
4 months ago

Zajac underwent surgery on a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the next 4-to-6 months.

EDGE Analysis

Zajac played in 80 contests last season and was inline to challenge for a third straight 40-plus point campaign. Instead the center will be out until mid-December -- at the earliest. With the 32-year-old sidelined, Pavel Zacha will likely slot in as the first-line center and rookie Nico Hischier could be forced into a top-six role right out of the gate.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
8 months ago

Zajac posted a pair of assists in Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

This was Zajac's first multi-point game since March 16, and he managed just a goal and an assist in the 10-game span between then and Thursday. He also dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 17 of 27, which is nice if you play in a fantasy format where that counts. It's been just another ho-hum season for Zajac, whose point total has settled into the 40s yet again.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
9 months ago

Zajac scored New Jersey's only goal in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes.

EDGE Analysis

Gulp -- it snapped a 10-game goal drought, a span in which Zajac only managed two assists. Center is too deep to have patience with that kind of slump.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
9 months ago

Zajac picked up a pair of assists and went plus-4 in Thursday's 6-2 victory over the Flyers.

EDGE Analysis

He'd whiffed on the scoresheet in five straight games, then missed one for the birth of a child; perhaps the time off gave Zajac some new perspective on his game. The 31-year-old pivot has now cleared 40 points for the seventh time, but he hasn't hit even 50 since posting his career-best 67 in 2009-10. There's some fantasy value here, but mostly in deeper formats.