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Transitioning Him to Center, Ducks Reassign Zegras to San Diego

Murray: 'He will need some experience in the AHL first, but our expectation is that he will be back with us in the near future and play center for the Ducks for years to come.'

by Ducks Staff / AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks have reassigned center Trevor Zegras to the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim's primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray:

"Our goal was to help Trevor transition more smoothly into the NHL, so we started him out on the wing. He's ahead of our scheduled progression, and as a result we are moving him to center ice effective immediately. He will need some experience in the AHL first, but our expectation is that he will be back with us in the near future and play center for the Ducks for years to come."

Zegras, 20 (3/20/01), recorded 1-6=7 points with a +2 rating and eight penalty minutes (PIM) in 17 games with the Ducks. The 6-0, 182-pound rookie forward scored his first NHL goal Mar. 18 vs. Arizona (Adin Hill), becoming the third-youngest U.S.-born player to score for Anaheim at 19 years, 363 days.

Selected by Anaheim in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft, Zegras began the season with San Diego, scoring 4-5=9 points with a +4 rating and eight PIM in eight AHL games. At the time of his recall, he 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.

A native of Bedford, N.Y., 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).

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