Born June 5, 1980 (age 31) in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Defenseman for the Boston Bruins
Zanon is the third of the new Bruins to come over at the trade deadline, so it’s his turn in the spotlight now! He played four years of college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and, while in school, was drafted by Ottawa in 2000. In each of his four college years, he always put up at least 25 points–not bad, considering he’s a d-man. Ottawa didn’t sign him, so he went to the Milwaukee Admirals for three seasons to hone his game before coming up to the Nashville Predators. He played four games as a Predator for 2005-06 and that must’ve been a good performance because he then became majority-Pred for the next three seasons.
He signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild in 2009. Around this time, he became very proficient at blocking shots and continues to use this skill very well. In the 2011-12 time he spent with Minny, he blocked 104 shots in just 39 games played. Last season, he played all 82 games and blocked 212 shots while also putting up seven assists. This ability could really help the Bruins shore up their defense. Plus, his veteran presence can be very valuable!