FRB Top 20 Prospects: #2...Jason Zucker

(Brace Hemmelgarn)
Jason Zucker, Wing
Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild (AHL)
5'11" 188 Pounds 1/16/1992
Second Round, 59th Overall 2010 

Initially when Minnesota traded up to nab Zucker at the end of the second round in 2010, the prevailing belief is that the Las Vegas native would be an ideal third liner; boasting tremendous skating ability and fearlessness, he'd be a fixture on the PK and frustrating other teams top lines. Well, since that point, all Zucker has done is show that he's now a legitimate top-6 offensive player. Over the last two seasons Wild fans have gotten a taste of what he can bring to the table:

Lest we forget, he rang a shot off of the post in game 1 of the Chicago playoff series too. However, Spring might as well be another lifetime- Zucker was sent to Iowa toward the conclusion of Training Camp, having lost out on a roster spot partially due to injury, but also that he was simply outplayed by the likes of Nino Neiderreiter and Mikael Granlund. Having been publicly prodded by Coach Mike Yeo for more consistency shift to shift, he'll now get his chance to atone with his call-up, which is due in part to Charlie Coyle's knee injury.
It's one thing to show you are capable of making plays at lower levels; but in the big show you have to make them just to stay around. The onus is on Zucker to be that playmaker, and if he succeeds in doing that, we could have a 30 goal scorer.

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