It didn’t take long for the Pittsburgh Penguins to reap the rewards of their surprising trade with Minnesota earlier this week. It took roughly five periods but Jason Zucker has officially added his name to the Penguins all-time scoring list with a second-period tally against Montreal, Friday. Nice pass by Sid, Eh?
Zucker, playing in his second game as a Penguin, was acquired on Feb. 10 in a trade that sent the Penguins’ 2020 1st Round Pick, prospect Calen Addison, and underachieving forward Alex Galchenyuk to Minnesota. Despite the short notice and the quick turnaround, Zucker suited up for his first game with his new team less than 24 hours later against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Zucker had five shots in the game while manning the left-wing on the top line with Sidney Crosby.
Before donning the black and gold, Jason Zucker played in the 2010 World Juniors for Team USA, winning a gold medal. He was also a member of Team USA’s bronze medal-winning team at the 2011 World Juniors.
During his time at the University of Denver in 2010–11, he was the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year. He was drafted in the second round (59th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild.
Zucker added his second goal of Friday’s game against Montreal 1:49 seconds later. Both goals were scored in front of his wife, kids, and parents, who were in attendance. He currently has 16 goals, 15 assists and 31 points on the year between Minnesota and the Penguins.
You can read more about the trade and what Zucker brings to the Penguins squad here