When the 2017-18 season for Mark Zengerle he was set to embark on a European adventure in Sweden with Linköping HC. It was the first time in his career that he would be leaving North America behind. And, sadly, it just wasn’t a fit for all parties involved.
Zengerle would leave Linköping after only playing in 9 games and set his sights for an AHL return. He had signed with his hometown team the Rochester Americans but, upon re-entry to the AHL, he would be claimed on waivers by the Milwaukee Admirals. He quickly found his footing back in the state of Wisconsin where he played collegiately with the Badgers for four-years.
What’s easy to tell from numbers alone is that Zengerle’s vision and offensive creativity is great. Everywhere he seems to play he generates assists with his great passing ability. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin he played two-seasons of Junior A in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He recorded 149 assists in 114 games.
Then came his time in Madison, Wisconsin with the Badgers hockey program. He played four-seasons of NCAA hockey and had 125 assists in 151 games. To date in his AHL career he has played a total of 254 games. His next assist in the AHL will be the 100th of his career in the league. Heck, even for how his time with Linköping HC may have not gone to plan he still had a single point to his name – it was an assist.
Zengerle managed to come in from his situation and Sweden with no ill will on the matter, no real confusion in going from the Rochester Americans to the Milwaukee Admirals, and simply fit in with the Milwaukee mix. He’s reliable. He’s consistent. And he does a lot of the simple plays really well. It might never be flashy, fast, highlight reel stuff but he may well be teeing someone else up to do that on the other side of his vision and passing.
Thanks a lot to Mark Zengerle for giving us the time to hear from him and get to know the ol’ Badger alumni that much better. Next for Fifteen will likely be getting to know all of these brand new faces that were just brought in recently. That said, let’s give them all a few games to settle in before putting them on the spot. As for who you would want to hear first of the group: please comment down below with your suggestion.
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