I missed his two games away with work. An unbiased opinion, how did he looks and where did he look weak.
For me, it's tough to really judge him so far. He's played a game where he had no practice with the team and a game where there was no offensive flow for anyone on either team.
He's picking spots to skate hard up the weakside during breakouts when a winger has dropped back into the defensive zone to skate the puck up the strong side. He's been enormously open with lots of speed when doing this, but nobody was used to having a defenseman skate that aggressively during a breakout. Once guys get used to this it should force other teams to spread wider in the neutral zone, and hopefully other defenseman on the Devils will start copying this as it's fairly low risk with a good reward.
He hasn't been shy in going deep in the offensive zone when he's seen opportunities. So far he's seemed to use fairly good judgement on when to do this, and when Devils players start to get used to it it should be more effective. At worst, it will force the other teams to respect that Zid may go deep and divide defensive attention.
The PP may be moving more with him up top, but limited chances so who knows if that's real or random.
His passing seems fine, although I think he may be a little too aggressive with it. Maybe similar to Kovy, when things aren't working they both might try to force big plays to open it up, instead of staying patient.
Seems weak along the boards. Definitely hasn't been winning a lot of puck battles in the defensive zone.
Has struggled with puck control at times, but it's been so limited that could just be random.
He's been on the wrong side of the other team during the opponents breakout a few times. I think he's trying to be aggressive but he's letting opponents sit behind him with an open passing lane. It's almost like he's a football cornerback playing off a receiver trying to dare the QB to throw a pass so the CB can try to make an interception. Definitely a gambler.
Seems to me that if the Devils can get him to forget about offense when they don't have the puck and continue to think aggressively when the Devils do have the puck, then he should bring a good added dimension to the blueline.