The Ducks have recalled center Trevor Zegras from the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim's primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Zegras, 19 (3/20/01), began the season with San Diego, scoring 4-5=9 points with a +4 rating and eight penalty minutes (PIM) in eight AHL games. At the time of his recall, the 6-0, 176-pound forward co-led the AHL in scoring, ranked tied for fourth in goals and tied for sixth in assists, while co-leading all rookies in assists.
"I'm very excited, very very excited," Zegras said. "Since I put on skates, I've been waiting for this. I thought I played well [in San Diego], and obviously we had a lot of team success. I did everything I could to help the team, and obviously we got off to a great start. I'm ready to go from here.
"It's every kid's dream to play in the NHL and something I've looked forward to for a long time. It's something my family has been looking forward to, so I think it's going to be a special day when it happens."
Video: Trevor Zegras talks about joining the Anaheim Ducks.
Selected by Anaheim in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft, Zegras collected 11-25=36 points with a +8 rating in 33 games with Boston University (Hockey East) as a freshman in 2019-20. Named to the 2019-20 Hockey East All-Rookie Team, Zegras ranked tied for second among NCAA freshmen in assists and tied for third in points and points-per-game (1.09).
A native of Bedford, NY, Zegras has represented the United States at several international tournaments, including back-to-back World Junior Championships in 2020 and 2021. Zegras was named the 2021 tournament's Most Valuable Player, the fifth American to earn the award, while helping Team USA to a gold medal. He led the tournament with 7-11=18 points, and tied the all-time Team USA World Junior Championship record for both career points and assists (7-20=27). He also helped Team USA to a bronze medal at the U-18 World Championship in 2019 and gold at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in 2017. And