Let the Trevor Zegras era officially commence for the Anaheim Ducks

Trevor Zegras #9 of the United States. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
Trevor Zegras #9 of the United States. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

The Trevor Zegras show is about to get underway for the Anaheim Ducks.

Yes, after weeks and weeks of waiting, we’re finally on the cusp of seeing Trevor Zegras unleashed on the National Hockey League after the Anaheim Ducks recalled the prospect from the San Diego Gulls in the American Hockey League on Sunday night.

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It is expected that Zegras will be in the lineup for Anaheim’s West Division showdown against the Arizona Coyotes later (9:00 p.m. ET), and it should be a pretty special night for Ducks fans who will finally get to see one of their franchise’s most prized aspects in action.

For those of you who read this site regularly – and for that we thank you – you will know that I will also be excited to witness Zegras’ potential NHL debut given that I am a huge, huge fan of the forward, who absolutely lit it up for Team USA at the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Edmonton.

Having watched a lot of that tournament, Zegras was no doubt the star of the show and he was the worthy MVP winner after recording 18 points (7 G, 11 A) in seven games with a plus / minus rating of +9, including a goal and assist for two points in the win over Team Canada that clinched the Gold Medal for Team USA.

Zegras displayed his elite talent for the world to see in Edmonton and, since his World Juniors heroics, it has seemed only a matter of time until the No. 9 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft was let loose in the National Hockey League by the Anaheim Ducks.

Well, now it is happening.

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Trevor Zegras #9 of the United States. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Get ready for the Trevor Zegras era to begin with the Anaheim Ducks

It hasn’t been a great recent stretch for the Anaheim Ducks who are 3-6-1 in their last 10 outings, they have lost their last three games and they are bottom of the West Division with a Goal Differential of -16. Yeah, not great.

However, that is only the tip of the iceberg given that in that span the Ducks have scored just four goals in their last four games and, this is quite stunning, the Anaheim Ducks have scored one goal or less in nine of their 18 games this season. Yikes.

So, with that in mind, you don’t need to be a genius to work out that the Ducks have a goalscoring problem and they even placed center Adam Henrique on waivers over the weekend with it obvious that a big change needs to be made in order to spark this team and this sluggish offense into life.

And that’s where Trevor Zegras comes in.

Having showed what he’s capable of during the 2021 World Junior Championship, the center, who can also play on the wing, posted four goals and five assists for nine points in his first eight games as a pro with the Gulls in the AHL, and he’s clearly ready to take that next leap now.

Zegras, who has always been a points machine having contributed 36 points in just 33 games for Boston University, skated with Sam Steel and Jakob Silfverberg in practice on Sunday, and he should give this struggling offense the jolt they really need.

He’s speedy, he’s skilled, he has a high hockey IQ and he’s clinical when it comes to putting the puck in the net, so Zegras should provide this team with a much-needed offensive punch and he could become a staple of the top-six if he’s able to take the NHL by storm like he did the World Juniors.

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That would be the best-case scenario for the Anaheim Ducks who currently rank 31st in the NHL in Goals For Per Game (1.83) and 30th on the power play (7.5), while they have scored just 34 goals, so they aren’t taking any risks with calling up their prized asset now and hopefully the official start of the Trevor Zegras era will lead to a sharp turnaround for this team and their sputtering offense.