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Ducks Select Zegras with Ninth Overall Pick in 2019 NHL Draft

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

VANCOUVER -- With the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Ducks select Trevor Zegras from the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 Team (NTDP). The six-foot, 173-pound center was a driving force on the NTDP U-18 team during the 2018-19 season, racking up 87 points (26g/61a) in 60 games. His 61 assists ranked second on the team behind Jack Hughes (78).

Zegras, 18 (3/20/01), recorded 100 career assists in 116 games with the NTDP U-17 and U-18 teams from 2017-19 - the fourth-most in the program's history. Only Hughes (156), Jeremy Bracco (122) and Clayton Keller (118) had more.

"I really wanted to go to whatever team wanted me the most," Zegras said. "I'm thrilled with Anaheim. I'm really happy to be a Duck."

On the international stage, Zegras posted six points (2g/4a) in six games to help Team USA earn gold at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and finished second among all skaters in assists (nine) to help the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2019 Under-18 World Championship.

Zegras is committed to Boston University in the fall.

Video: Zegras on joining the Ducks

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