The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, announced Wednesday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets assigned right wing Daniel Zaar to Cleveland.
A 5’11”, 175 lb. right-handed native of Helsingborg, Sweden, Zaar, 22, posted a team-best 21 goals, along with 43 points, 22 penalty minutes and a -6 rating in 71 regular-season appearances for the Monsters in 2015-16, his first season in the North American professional ranks.
Selected in the sixth round (152nd overall) by Columbus in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Zaar added 7-5-12 with four penalty minutes and a +1 rating in 17 postseason appearances, helping the Monsters claim the 2016 Calder Cup.
Prior to his time in North America, Zaar contributed 11-19-30 with 18 penalty minutes and a -8 rating in 80 SHL appearances for Rögle BK and Luleå HF spanning parts of two seasons from 2012-15. In 67 appearances in Sweden’s Allsvenskan spanning parts of two seasons from 2012-14 for BIK Karlskoga and Rögle BK, Zaar supplied 16-27-43 with 32 penalty minutes and a -2 rating.
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