Wild winger Jason Zucker's middle-man motto: 'It's all in the pass'

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Wild winger Jason Zucker's middle-man motto: 'It's all in the pass'
Wild winger Jason Zucker's middle-man motto: 'It's all in the pass'

Jason Zucker has reported to the same area on the ice for Wild power plays as he has in the past: Up the middle. But what's been different is how he's scoring. After capitalizing mostly off one-timers and other shots around the net last season, Zucker's first three goals have been deflections — an uptick the winger credits to the Wild's passing and his positioning. “He's good at it, obviously,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He's got three goals from there. He's got good hand-eye [coordination].” As the bumper, or middle man, Zucker's chief responsibility with the man advantage is to support the puck and be an outlet for whoever has it. This requires him to be constantly moving, which also makes

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