With their season stuck in neutral, the Anaheim Ducks will call up top prospect Trevor Zegras after just eight games with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL.
The Ducks have scored just 1.83 goals per game, last in the NHL. Their power play has a less than 8 percent success rate.
So the last-place team in the West Division will see what their 19-year-old prized possession can give them. Zegras practiced with the team Sunday and is expected to be available when the Ducks travel to Arizona for games Monday and Wednesday.
While Anaheim will hope for an injection of energy, they are not expecting Zegras to match his performance at last month’s World Junior Championships, when the Bedford, New York, native had seven goals and 11 assists while leading Team USA to the gold medal.
“I know it’s a great story (and) we’re extremely proud of this young man, of what he did at the World Junior tournament, but in the same breath we’re highly protective of him,” Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins said.
“We want him to come along and turn out to be who he is going to be. I hate, absolutely despise taking a player and trying to compare him to a guy who has played 1,000 games or 600 games. … Can we just take a breath and let him become who he’s going to be?”
Zegras, a center who played college hockey at Boston University, was the No. 9 overall selection in the 2019 draft.
The Ducks are just 6-9-3 on the season and have combined for just five goals over their last four games, although they did win one of those by a 1-0 score over the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 11.
Zegras had four goals and five assists in his eight games with the Gulls.
–Field Level Media