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Sports Anaheim Ducks demote rookie phenom Trevor Zegras to AHL

03:35  06 april  2021
03:35  06 april  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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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

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No matter how it’s viewed, the Anaheim Ducks have made a unique move. The team has announced that rookie phenom Trevor Zegras has been re-assigned to the AHL. But there’s a catch; Zegras’ demotion is not being viewed as a punishment by the organization, but rather a reward. The team is actually so impressed with the 20-year-old forward’s development that they are shifting him from the wing to his natural center position and simply want to start him in that role with the San Diego Gulls before bringing him back to the NHL squad. The club’s press release stated as follows:

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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.

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Anaheim Ducks top prospect Trevor Zegras has been recalled from the AHL . (Jonathan Hayward/CP). | February 21, 2021, 6:08 PM. Zegras gained international attention when he led the United States to world junior gold in Edmonton in January, winning the tournament MVP award after leading all scorers with 18 points in seven games. The Ducks currently sit last in the West Division with a 6-9-3 record and scoring has been an issue through the first five weeks of the season.

The Anaheim Ducks have recalled top prospect Trevor Zegras from their AHL affiliate in San Diego, setting the stage for the 19-year-old forward's much-anticipated NHL debut. They play at Arizona on Monday night, although Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins didn't confirm Zegras will play immediately. Zegras had four goals and five assists in eight games for San Diego, getting off to a blazing start with his first professional team. A few weeks before joining the Gulls, Zegras was named the MVP of the World Junior Championships, racking up seven goals and 11 assists while leading the U.S. team to

On it’s face alone, it is a stunning move to see Zegras demoted amid a strong first pro season. The 2019 ninth overall pick recorded nine points in eight games in the minors before he was swiftly promoted to the NHL and has added seven points in 17 games with Anaheim since (not to mention 18 points in seven games at the World Juniors before the season.) The cerebral forward looks like a potential first-line center for the Ducks moving forward, as the team acknowledged, so fans assuredly would have been shocked to see him demoted if not for the context. Especially in the midst of another poor season, some may have turned on the team for removing their most exciting young player from the lineup without reason.

Fortunately, the club did make clear their reasons for the move. It is very rare and very refreshing for an NHL team to be so transparent with their developmental path for a player. Whether or not this specific move is needed given Zegras’ ability is beside the point, as the team’s justification is at least logical. As they noted, Zegras may not need much time in San Diego to get comfortable down the middle either. The Boston University product has previously excelled at the position given his elite vision and passing ability. Zegras should be flying with the Ducks again soon.

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(AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have recalled top prospect Trevor Zegras from their AHL affiliate in San Diego, setting the stage for the 19-year-old forward's much-anticipated NHL debut. They play at Arizona on Monday night, although Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins didn't confirm Zegras will play immediately. Zegras had four goals and five assists in eight games for San Diego, getting off to a blazing start with his first professional team. A few weeks before joining the Gulls, Zegras was named the MVP of the World Junior Championships, racking up seven goals and 11 assists while leading the

The Anaheim Ducks were planning on taking a cautious approach with the development of top prospect Trevor Zegras , but the 19-year-old forward has done everything he could this year to prove that he’s ready to play at the NHL level. The Ducks apparently agree as they announced they have Zegras was actually skating with the Ducks on Sunday, suggesting a promotion was near. The forward, who turned pro last March after one season at Boston University, was dominant at the 2021 World Junior Championship, earning the MVP honors at the tournament as well as leading Team USA to the

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