BUFFALO, NY - Trevor Zegras can pass.
To some prognosticators, the centreman is the best passer in the 2019 NHL Draft class and his individual highlights only reinforce the argument.
The US National U18 Team forward serves pucks in a multitude of ways: behind-the-back dishes, no-look feeds, drop passes on the plate - with the option of sauce on the side.
It comes as no surprise that Zegras' creativity was a topic of conversation at the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine Top Prospects media availability on Friday, where the 18-year-old explained where his ability to share the puck derived.
"I think growing up and obviously watching a lot of hockey, my favourite player was Patrick Kane," Zegras told reporters. "His passes are way better than mine. I'm just trying to do what I can to maybe emulate a little bit of him.
"It's what I like about the game and what I like to practice."
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The Bedford, N.Y., product compiled 87 assists altogether in the 2018-19 season, competing against both USHL and United States Development Program competition in 87 games. Not to be forgotten is the fact that the forward also filled the net 40 times, showing the extent of his offensive prowess.
But Zegras understands that in order to make the jump to the National Hockey League, there needs to be a time and place for his creative passing.
"Below the dots, I kind of have free reign to do whatever I want but you also got to read the game," he said. "If you're in overtime or the other team is kind of pouring down your throat, maybe it's not the best idea to go through the legs or behind-the-back.
"You kind of just feel it out."