On February 27th, 2017 the Columbus Blue Jackets claimed center, Zac Dalpe, off of waivers. They immediately signed him to the Cleveland Monsters.
Dalpe made quite an impression on the Monsters. After one practice, Coach John Madden promoted Dalpe to the first line between Sonny Milano and Ryan Craig. He scored his first point as a Monster after Craig deflected his shot into the net. All night Dalpe created plays, muscled through traffic, and put himself in the right place at the right time.
What a welcome addition he is. If he keeps playing like that, I don’t know if we’ll see him around much longer. - John Madden
We can’t forget Dalpe’s specialty, faceoffs. When Justin Scott is healthy, the Monsters will have two guys on the ice who excel at faceoffs.
Zac is a great centerman. I remember going up against him in Iowa and he was great at faceoffs. Gave me fits. - Joe Pendenza
Let's learn a little bit more about who Zac Dalpe is and where he has been.
The Ohio State University
Dalpe made quite the impression during his two seasons with the Buckeyes.
During the 2008-09 season, Dalpe notched 13 goals and 12 assists over the course of 37 games. His 13 goals ranked him third on the team. By the end of the season, Dalpe had been named “Rookie of the Week” three times, the CCHA All-Rookie team, and was a top three finalist for CCHA Rookie of the year.
Dalpe turned up the heat when the 2009-10 season rolled around. He played in all 39 games, scoring 21 goals and 24 assists. He led the team in points (45) and game-winning goals (8).
At the end of the season, the Buckeyes voted Dalpe the 2010 Bobby Brown Most Valuable Player. He also became the first Buckeye in seven years to be named to the Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-CCHA.
Carolina Hurricanes/Charlotte Checkers/Albany River Rats
On March 18th, 2010 the Carolina Hurricanes signed Dalpe to a three-year entry-level contract. He immediately joined the Albany River Rats and helped them through the remainder of the season and the playoffs. Dalpe tallied seven points in nine regular-season games. In eight games during the 2010 playoff season, Dalpe notched six points spread out evenly between goals and assists.
The Hurricanes would change AHL affiliations before the start of the 2010-11 season. Charlotte would be the new home for the Hurricanes organization.
In 171 games with the Charlotte Checkers, Dalpe scored 62 goals and 69 assists. At the time his 131 points were third in Checkers history. He is now ranked 5th.
Vancouver Canucks/Utica Comets
In September of 2013, the Carolina Hurricanes traded Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh to the Vancouver Canucks for Kellan Tochki and a fourth-round draft pick.
He spent the majority of the season in Vancouver playing under John Tortorella. In 55 games with the Canucks, Dalpe notched four goals and three assists.
Dalpe tallied three assists in six games with the Utica Comets.
Buffalo Sabres/Rochester Americans
When Dalpe hit the free agency waters in 2014, the Buffalo Sabres scooped him up. They signed him to a one-year, two-way deal.
He spent most of the 2014-15 season playing for the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Between the two teams, he played in 65 games, notching 31 points in the form of 17 goals and 14 assists.
Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild
The Sabres opted not to offer a new contract to Dalpe causing him to swim through free agency waters in 2015. He would last on the market long. The Iowa Wild signed Dalpe on the first day of free agency to a one-year, two-way contract.
Due to two injuries, Dalpe didn't see much playing time before he was picked up off of waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2017 trade deadline.
Dalpe tallied 10 points over 31 games with the Minnesota Wild organization.
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