A defender with excellent size and mobility . . .Continues to work on improving his strength and conditioning . . . Sees the ice well . . . Good puck handler . . . Possesses an excellent shot . . . Will compete for ice time in power-play situations . . . Drafted in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers . . . Entered the draft ranked 37th by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service and was the highest of the 29 United States Hockey League (USHL) skaters to be rated.
Appeared in 29 games and set a new career high with 14 points to rank tied for eighth among the Bulldogs . . . Shared top highest scoring defenseman honors . . . Credited with three assists and had a +3 efficiency rating against Mercyhurst (10/13) and enjoyed a two-point (0-2=2) night at Michigan (1/26) . . . Posted his first collegiate goal with a third-period score at Wayne State (1/13) . . . Registered a point in eight contests during an 11-game stretch (10/28-12/30) . . . Contributed an assist and was +3 against Western Michigan (11/21) . . . Recorded 57% (0-8=8) of his season’s points in CCHA?competition . . . Tied for sixth place on team with seven (0-7=7) power-play points . . . Best offensive months were October (0-4=4, 8 GP) and December (0-4=4, 5 GP) . . . Had a assist in three straight games – vs. Western Michigan (11/21) and at Miami (12/1-2) . . . Wore jersey No. 10.
Posted 10 points (all assists) while competing in 29 of team’s 40 contests . . . Was third among Bulldog defensemen in scoring . . . Credited with two assists at Lake Superior State (10/21) and at Denver (12/31) . . . Absorbed 16 penalties for 35 minutes . . . Compiled single assists on six occasions – vs. Army (10/15), vs. Alaska Fairbanks (11/5), vs. Bemidji State (11/18), vs. Northern Michigan (12/9-10), and at Western Michigan (2/3) . . . Registered a season-best six shots on goal at Denver (12/31) . . . Turned in a +2 efficiency rating at Lake Superior State (10/21) . . . Selected 11th among the nation’s top incoming freshmen defenders by Inside College Hockey.
Two-time USHL All-Star pick with the Tri-City Storm of Kearney, Neb. under coach Bliss Littler . . . Produced 23 points (9-13=23) in 48 games during the 2004-05 campaign . . . Compiled 24 points (4-20=24) in 43 outings for the 2003-04 season . . . His 24-points total was 11th highest on the team and the second best among the squad’s defensemen . . . Helped lead the Storm in 2003-04 to their first-ever Anderson Cup as the USHL regular-season champion as team went on to register a 43-12-5 overall mark . . . Earned a tryout with the World Junior Team and was one of two junior hockey players to receive an invitation . . . Featured on the cover of a USA Junior Hockey Magazine issue in spring 2004 . . . Played in 2002-03 season for Midget Majors’ Little Caesars team under coach Bill Ciraulo . . . A 2003 graduate of Waterford (Mich.) Mott High School.
Son of Bob and Donna Zarb . . . Born 1/11/85 in San Diego, Calif. . . . Father is a steel plant manager while his mother is employed as a salary representative at General Motors Corporation . . . Enjoys playing cards, tennis and golf . . . Nickname is “Mongo” . . . Shoots: Right . . . FSU Letters: Two . . . Majoring in business administration.