Trevor Zegras Provides Hope for the Anaheim Ducks Future

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Trevor Zegras Provides Hope for the Anaheim Ducks Future

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Trevor Zegras Provides Hope for the Anaheim Ducks Future

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The last few seasons haven’t been kind to the Anaheim Ducks. They have missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season and traded away many of their veteran players during the trade deadline. However, there is reason for optimism out in Orange County because of the influx of young talent within the roster. One of the biggest pieces to the Ducks rebuild is center Trevor Zegras, who has come in and taken the NHL by storm.

He emerged as one of the most exciting players around the entire league this past season. Zegras finished his rookie year with a team-leading 38 assists and 23 goals. The 61 points that he was apart of set a new franchise record for rookie scoring. The total was also second among all rookies this season and he turned heads all around the league. His display of just having fun out on the ice is what makes him such a special player going forward.

From his alley-oop assists to Michigan goals, to different spin moves that he has the ability to use, Zegras represents the future of hockey. His impressive rookie year culminated in him being a Calder Trophy finalist, which is given to the league’s top rookie throughout the season. He could become the first player in Ducks history to win the award which would be special in itself. Additionally, he put on a remarkable display of stickwork and exciting moments during All-Star Weekend. He showed flair during the Skills Competition and that helped him gain more attention as well.

While the Ducks didn’t have the best record, Zegras helped a struggling team make the most of a down season. He anchored a productive line as the emerging top-line center and helped an offensively challenged squad become decent on that end. He is just one of the strong stockpile of young talent on the Anaheim roster, but he certainly shined the brightest. It was a level of excitement and hope that the franchise hasn’t seen in quite some time.

Zegras should be considered the team’s top center for the foreseeable, especially with veteran Ryan Getzlaf retiring. He does have one season left on his entry-level contract before he becomes a restricted free agent, but Anaheim should have more than enough money to sign him to a long-term deal. He is the future of hockey out in Anaheim and is looking like he will be a future star for the team. Good times don’t seem far off for the Ducks and their fans have reason to be excited again.

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