With Jim Rutherford finally having made his move for Jason Zucker, what better time than now to get some insight to the new player the Penguins have acquired?
Drafted in the first round in 2010, Jason Zucker’s career has spanned 9 years with the Minnesota Wild, scoring 132 goals and 111 assists in 456 games.
Jason Zucker summed up in one clip:— Jim (@SportsingJim) February 11, 2020
✅Good two-way player
✅Very good speed
✅Nice offensive skills/finishhttps://t.co/c8EVzKk3vg
Zucker has been on Jim Rutherford’s radar for a while.
GMJR on the Jason Zucker trade: "I’m really excited about our team. Not only for this year. It’s a team that can be good for a few years. To add another player like this, not only for the run, but that we will keep him for another three years, it’s an exciting deal."— Mike DeFabo (@MikeDeFabo) February 11, 2020
Put another way: Every season the Penguins have remaining with the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin/Kris Letang core should be as precious to the city and the fanbase as it is to the general manager. Rutherford is working with a gift. Quibble with some of the execution, if you want — I certainly have — but never doubt his full-scale realization of that fact. Every decision he makes is an attempt to do right by history. The Zucker deal isn’t any different.
God help me for looking this up.— Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh) February 11, 2020
Jason Zucker will the lowest (or is it highest?) player in alphabetical order in franchise history.
He supplants Sergei Zubov for that designation.
What kind of player are they getting off of the ice?
Jason Zucker won the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is presented "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."— Matt Vensel (@mattvensel) February 11, 2020
The work Jason Zucker and his wife Carly did in the community will be one of Zucker's greatest legacies from his time as a member of the #mnwild. Here's a throwback to when he won the King Clancy last year: https://t.co/rv1rmeOxNJ— Sarah McLellan (@sarah__mclellan) February 11, 2020
Zucker even had the foresight to see his future linemate way back in 2011.
Crosby is kind of good at hockey. It was fun to watch him tonight! #allstar— Jason Zucker (@Jason_Zucker16) November 22, 2011
Needless to say, everyone should be excited about adding a playmaker of Zucker’s skill level plus his human qualities off of the ice.