#5: Zach Dean, C, Gatineau Olympiques
Zach Dean was the Vegas Golden Knights first overall pick in this years draft. Can he be the future Vegas Golden Knights center? We’ll maybe. But for right now he’s our fifth ranked prospect.
Weight: 179 lbs.
Draft: 2021 1st Round by the Vegas Golden Knights
Zach Dean was the Vegas Golden Knights first-round pick in the 2021 NHL entry draft. Quite frankly, it’s understandable.
Dean plays a well rounded game and produces well at the center position. In his time playing at a high level, he’s produced pretty much every season. That includes the QMJHL, U16 AAA, and the NLBAAAHL.
Zach Dean is currently playing in the QMJHL with the Gatineau Olympiques and is performing quite well. In this current season that Dean is in, he’s played in 15 games and has seven goals and 10 assists for 17 total points. It’s nice to see him rebound after a rough statistical season last year with the same team.
Last season Dean had played 23 games and only had 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. Maybe that doesn’t look to bad, but he’s been a point per game player his entire career and last season he did not show that. However, he appears to be rebounding well and proving once again why he was a good choice for the Golden Knights.
Looking into the player that we, as Vegas Golden Knight fans, will be getting- just know we’re in good hands.
Dean is a very good player on all aspects of his game. Could improve defensively, but there really isn’t much to not like. He’s always moving and trying to create space on offense and always pressuring on the defensive side making sure that the opposition doesn’t have enough space to make plays.
Looking into the offensive parts of his game, he has very quick hands which bodes well when he moves the puck up the ice in transition. He has a good wrist shot, he has the ability to drive to the net with a good combination of speed and strength. Furthermore, he does a very good job at shielding the puck on his stick as he moves to the net.
He recently just signed his three year entry-level contract with the Vegas Golden Knights and hopefully this pick works out well for the Knights.