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Meet the Blueshirts: Mats Zuccarello

6/3/2014

Mats ZuccarelloScott Levy/NHLI/Getty Images

Position: RW

Number: 36

Age: 26

Born: Oslo, Norway

Height: 5-7

Weight: 179

How Acquired: Originally signed with the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in the summer of 2010. Recently signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with New York on March 28, 2013.

In case you didn’t know ...

Mats Zuccarello

Mats Zuccarello

#36 RW
New York Rangers

2014 STATS

  • GM77
  • G19

  • A40

  • PTS59

  • +/-11

  • PIM32

• Zuccarello had a breakout season in 2013-14, establishing career-highs for goals (19), assists (40) and points (59) during the regular season. He has notched 11 points in the playoffs, though he’s gone scoreless in his last five games.

• Zuccarello figured his NHL career was over after two unsuccessful seasons with the Rangers. But it was during his time in the KHL -- playing with Evgeni Malkin and being coached by Paul Maurice -- during the lockout that he began to realize his potential, according to a profile in Newsday. He then returned to the Rangers, and had a strong finish at the end of last season into the playoffs.

• Zuccarello’s line with Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot proved to be the team’s most productive trio in the first two rounds.

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