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Blue Jackets Assign RW Daniel Zaar to Monsters

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.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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