Ducks sign 2019 first-round pick Trevor Zegras to a three-year entry-level contract

The ducks signed center Trevor Zegras – which they drafted in the first round, ninth overall, in 2019 – to a three-year entry-level contract, the club announced on Friday.

Zegras, 19, is from Bedford, N.Y. He had 11 goals and 36 points in 33 games this season with the Boston University of the Hockey East Conference and was named to the Hockey East all-rookie team. His Ducks contract has an annual salary limit of $ 925,000.

“We are pleased to complete this contract and start Trevor’s professional career,” Ducks CEO Bob Murray said in a news release. “He has quite a bit of work ahead of us, but we know he has the talent and intelligence to be an influential NHL player.”

Zegras, who is listed as 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, has represented the United States in several international tournaments, including the 2020 World Junior Championships. He excelled there and included nine primary assists to achieve the fourth most assists of any American player in a junior world championship. He played 116 career games for the under-17 and under-18 teams of the U.S. Hockey National Training and Development Program.

Zegras spoke to reporters over a conference call and said he hopes that his versatility to play in the center or wing will be an asset in his NHL career. He inherited a love for his family’s New York Rangers and said, “It was kind of pre-determined for me,” but his favorite player is the prolific Chicago Blackhawks winger. Patrick Kane. “He inspired me in many different ways,” says Zegras.

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Zegras has tried to stay fit and active during the break imposed on the sports world by the pandemic of COVID-19. After the Ducks drafted him last June, they told him that he had to work on becoming more explosive and powerful, and he plans to continue that as best he can. Among his current activities is practicing his shooting in the family driveway and rollerblading. “It’s quite a weird time,” he said. “I definitely miss going to the rink.”

The NHL has advised players to isolate themselves at home until at least next week, so Zegras – who visited the Ducks development camp last summer but didn’t visit Honda Center because it was closed for renovations – will be his new teammates soon. For now, signing his first NHL contract keeps him happy. “This will excite me for a long time to come,” he said.

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