|Dainius Zubrus in 2007.|
|Nickname(s)||Zuby, Dinosaur, Zoobooks, Zubie|
|6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
224 lb (102 kg)
|New Jersey Devils|
|Born||June 16, 1978,|
Elektrėnai, Lithuanian SSR,
|NHL Draft||15th overall, 1996|
|Pro Career||1996 – present|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Early career[edit | edit source]
NHL career[edit | edit source]
Dainius Zubrus was drafted 15th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers from the Caledon Canadians of the Metro Junior A Hockey League. As of the 2006 draft, Zubrus was the highest drafted Tier II Junior "A" player since the Canadian Junior A Hockey League's 1993 inception (since surpassed by Kyle Turris at 2007 NHL Entry Draft). Prior to being traded to Caledon, Zubrus played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Junior A Hockey League. He made his NHL debut on October 5, 1996, scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers. In his rookie season, he helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup final.
The Flyers traded him to the Montreal Canadiens on March 10, 1999, with a pair of draft picks, for Mark Recchi. He registered his first career hat-trick on October 14, 2000, against the Chicago Blackhawks, and was traded by the Canadiens to the Washington Capitals along with Trevor Linden for Richard Zedník and Jan Bulis on March 13, 2001.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Zubrus decided to play abroad with Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Semin. He played 42 regular season games for HC Lada Togliatti, tallying 19 points on eight goals and 11 assists. He also appeared in ten playoff games while in the former Russian Superleague (RSL), scoring three goals and one assist.
Zubrus returned to the Capitals the following 2005-06 season and posted a career-high 57 points playing alongside star rookie Alexander Ovechkin. In the 2006-07 season, Zubrus continued his impressive form posting 52 points in 60 games before he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, along with Timo Helbling, for Jiří Novotný and a first round draft pick on February 27, 2007.
On November 23, 2008, Dainius Zubrus had one of the best offensive games in Devils history. Zubrus tied a team record with four goals to help New Jersey win its season-high fourth straight game, 7–3 over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|1995–96||Pembroke Lumber Kings||CJHL||28||19||13||32||73||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||13||25||38||38||5||0||1||1||8|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||15||25||40||69||7||0||1||1||10|
|2009–10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||51||10||17||27||28||5||1||0||1||8|
International career[edit | edit source]
Originally, Zubrus had suited up for the Russian national team during the World Cup of Hockey in 2004. But since then, he has played internationally for Lithuania, most notably in the 2005 World Championships. He had told the press that, "Lithuania needs me more than Russia." Because of the existence of the USSR, players born during its time as a nation were able to choose to play for any of the newly formed countries after the breakup. He now plans to represent Lithuania in all of his future international hockey appearances.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Captials acquire Linden, Zubrus, Marshall", usatoday.com, 2001-03-13. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
- Brady, Erik. "Zubrus checks in with Sabres", usatoday.com, 2007-02-30. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
- "Devils sign free agents Zubrus, Rachunek", usatoday.com, 2007-07-03. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
- D.Zubrus - geriausias NHL lygos dienos žaidėjas. retrieved on 2008-11-24
[edit | edit source]
- Dainius Zubrus's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Dainius Zubrus's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick