Fantasy Pool Look: Zajac's production ahead of schedule

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While fans and media alike have been excited about several players from this year's rookie crop, the Devils' Travis Zajac has emerged as one of the better ones.

After starring in college hockey for North Dakota for two years, Zajac signed a pro contract early and made the jump to the pros, foregoing his remaining college years and getting into two American League games at the end of last season.

This year, Zajac made the big team out of training camp and has watched his role increase with each passing game. Projected to be a two-way star with some size, the 21-year-old figures to be a 70- to 80-point player one day. He's is, however, already showing the signs of his potential.

In October, Zajac missed two games because of a hip flexor. Since his return he has posted 10 points in 14 games and is a plus-3, clicking on a line with sophomore Zach Parise and veteran Jamie Langenbrunner. Expect 50 points from the Winnipeg, Man., native this season and 70 points in about two years time. He is too good in all the facets of the game to fall short of expectationsÂ…

The monkey is finally off Colby Armstrong's back. After being the answer to the question, “who can play on a line with Sidney Crosby for 22 games without scoring?”, he finally picked up his first two goals of the season Tuesday night against the Islanders, with both tallies assisted by Crosby.

With that done, Armstrong should be a little closer to the player that was expected of him by fantasy experts (ahem) back in the summer. He had 38 points in his final 39 games last season, so we all know what he is capable ofÂ…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective:Michel Ouellet was not a healthy scratch on the weekend as was reported by some sources. A shoulder injury has kept him out of three of the Penguins' past four games. He'll miss another two or three yetÂ…Phoenix pivot Mike Comrie should make his return from a broken foot this weekend. He is back skating nowÂ…

Farm Report: Consistency continues to be a problem for Islanders prospect Robert Nilsson. After tallying back-to-back three-point games at the tail end of a five-game point streak, Nilsson has been shut out for three games in a row. Fellow Islander prospect Jeff Tambellini is having a better time of it, as he's currently on a six-game point streak. He has 10 points in that span. Of the two, Nilsson has more of an upside – 80 to 85 points – but Tambellini is more of a sure thing and should produce in the mid-to-high 60s at the NHL level one day.

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