A nice story is emerging on Nashville’s fourth line as Toronto native Harry Zolnierczyk has proven worthy of a nightly roster spot.
The 29-year-old Toronto native who played college at Brown University, went undrafted. Before joining coach Peter Laviolette’s Predators, his fifth club, he’d spent time in the Flyers (44 games), Penguins (13), Islanders (2) and Ducks (1) organizations.
Zolnierczyk played alongside former Duck and current Oiler Patrick Maroon, who was similarly slow to develop into a full-time NHLer. Before the Ducks made a commitment to the then-26-year-old Maroon, the St. Louis native almost retired, thinking that his opportunity had passed.
Zolniercyzk is similarly resilient, considering that he’s 29 and just now emerging as a regular talent. Laviolette has played him in six games so far this postseason after 24 regular season games (4 goals). Zolnierczyk scored in Game 2 of Round 1 vs. Chicago and set the screen for Roman Josi’s goal that sealed Nashville’s 3-1 Game 3 victory in Round 2.