Now a grizzled veteran of a combined 1,144 regular season and playoff games in the NHL, the career of New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus hasn't exactly gone the way it was predicted when he was a baby-faced 18-year-old rookie with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1996-97.

Back then, it widely forecasted that the powerfully built Lithuanian would become a prolific scorer in the NHL. He hasn't.

Zubrus has never scored more than 23 goals or 57 points in a season; and that came when he was centering a young Alexander Ovechkin with the Washington Capitals in 2005-06. This season in New Jersey, the soon-to-be 32-year-old Zubrus recorded a modest 17 goals and 44 points.