Travis Zajac
C NJ
5 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
9 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
10 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
10 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.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
10 months ago

Zajac (personal) is on track to return Thursday after missing Saturday's game due to the birth of his third child, CSN Philly reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran center will reclaim his spot on the top line, and he'll be in the power-play mix should the opportunity present itself. Zajac is ol' reliable in the attacking zone, crafting 13 goals and 26 assists -- including 11 power-play points -- over 66 games this season.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
10 months ago

Zajac will miss Saturday night's game against the Coyotes, as he will be back in New Jersey for the birth of his third child.

EDGE Analysis

Unlike many injuries, a happy occasion like the birth of a child isn't likely to keep a player out for long and the fact that Devils have two days off following Saturday's contest definitely helps Zajac's case. Expect the doting father to make his return Tuesday against the Jets.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
11 months ago

Zajac registered a goal and an assist during Monday's overtime loss to Montreal to extend his point streak to five games.

EDGE Analysis

During the scoring streak, Zajac has three goals, eight points and 12 shots, which has increased his season-long totals to 13, 39 and 108 over 61 games. While fantasy owners shouldn't overvalue his recent uptick in offensive production, Zajac is a potential add in deeper seasonal leagues and worth considering as a low-priced flier in daily contests when the Devils land in a favorable matchup. Just remember that Zajac hasn't hit the 20-goal or 50-point plateau since the 2009-10 campaign.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
11 months ago

Zajac's point streak now stands at four games and six points after he picked up two assists in Saturday's overtime loss to the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Zajac has been very effective in his last nine games (three goals, six assists), but his overall totals (37 points in 60 games) disguise his recent success. You might just find him lurking on the wire as a result. Just be prepared to drop Zajac at the first sign of a cold front.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
11 months ago

Zajac scored on the power play Tuesday against the Senators.

EDGE Analysis

Zajac's contribution cut Ottawa's lead in half with 13:23 to play, but his team was never able to get the equalizer and ultimately fell 2-1. The veteran center has four points in his past three games, and has now topped the 20-minute mark in six of his past seven games after skating 21:33 in this one.

Travis Zajac
C NJ
12 months ago

Zajac has been held of the scoresheet in four consecutive games.

EDGE Analysis

Zajac has been struggling for a while now, as he also has just one goal in his past 25 games. New Jersey's lack of alternatives at center has allowed the 31-year-old veteran to maintain his role on the top line between Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri, but that role alone hasn't translated into much success. Zajac's struggles are indicative of his team's 28th-ranked offense as a whole.