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Fantasy Summary

Cerebral, creative, and elusive forward with high-end puck skills and vision. Likely better suited for the wing in the NHL.


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May 2022 – Zegras was called up to the NHL for good in the fall and immediately established himself as a top three rookie in the game. It is clear that he will be Anaheim’s franchise forward for years to come, and a very strong – if not elite – fantasy asset. – Dobber

May 2021 – After a quick demotion in April so he could learn the center position at the pro level, Zegras was called up to the NHL for the Ducks’ final eight games. He scored two goals and six points in those games, ending his season with 13 points in 24 games played. He averaged over two shots-per-game, but the most impressive stat was leading the team in plus/minus at a +6 for a team that was 31st in goals for. He showed off his skill and smarts as the season progressed and will be ready for full time duty next season as he has averaged over a point-per-game in the AHL (21 points in 17 games). Lucas Main

March 2021 – The anticipated debut of Zegras in the show has happened. So far, he has played in nine games and registered two assists. Head Coach Dallas Eakins has started him on the wing to adjust to the NHL game, but at times he shows so much confidence he looks like a 10 year veteran. In his fourth game, he attempted a “Michigan”, but the goalie got his blocker over in time to make the save. If it weren’t for a few spectacular saves, he could have three goals already. All that is left to come for the New York native is a little luck and then the flood gates will be broken. Lucas Main

February 2021 – Bringing his confidence from the World Juniors, Zegras scored two goals and three assists in his first two professional games with the San Diego Gulls. The five points were good enough to earn him CCM/AHL Player of the Week in his first week of pro hockey. The Ducks can’t call him up fast enough. Lucas Main

January 2021 – Zegras finished the WJC as the tournament leader in assists (11), points (18), and was second in goals (7). He led Team USA to a gold medal and was named MVP for the tournament. Now he is off to Anaheim to participate in training camp and with the amount of confidence he will be carrying, it should be a lock that he makes the Ducks 23-man roster. Lucas Main

December 2020 – Not much of a shocker, but Zegras has made Team USA’s selection camp for the upcoming World Junior Championship. After his stellar performance last year, you can consider him a lock to make this year’s squad. Lucas Main

March 2020 – Zegras has indeed signed his ELC and will be a part of the Ducks organization in the 2020-21 season. He has the skill and smarts to play and adapt to the national league right away. Lucas Main

March 2020 – After a stellar WJC in which Zegras recorded nine assists in five games, he came back to BU and has dominated play. Averaging over a point-per-game (36 in 33 games played) as a freshman, the Terriers season is on the line as the Hockey East tournament runs March 13-15. If they are eliminated, look for Zegras to leave school and turn pro. Recent first round picks to attend BU and turn pro after one season include Jack Eichel, Clayton Keller, and Brady Tkachuk, and with the Ducks looking to become a more skill/speed team, Zegras will be a big piece to that puzzle. Lucas Main

November 2019 – Zegras was named Rookie of the Week (Nov 11) after posting six points in two games against Providence. He is up to four goals and 12 points in nine game for the BU Terriers and has been an absolute force on the ice. The Ducks don’t need to rush him as they have their top three centers already, but if he keeps up this success he could see a couple of games at the end of the season to get him into the fold for the 2020-21 season.  Lucas Main

June 2019 – Zegras fell into the lap of the Anaheim Ducks at pick number nine. A playmaker through and through, he is going to learn from one of the best in Ryan Getzlaf. He was labeled as the second best playmaker in this draft class, but some scouts have him as the best. He doesn’t have the same build as Getzlaf, but he does possess the patience we all wish we had while sitting in a waiting room. His skating is exceptional, as he eludes defenders with his quick feet and ability to change the pace. He is heralded for his vision, but also has a very hard and accurate shot when he shoots. His high hockey IQ helps him cause turnovers and transition the puck the other way to create scoring chances. He is committed to Boston University for the 2019-20 season, but if he plays like he did with the national team, he could be a one and done with the Terriers. Lucas Main

June 2019 – Zegras has been drafted ninth overall by the Ducks.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2019 – Zegras was officially measured at 6-foot-0.25 and 173 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

February 2019 – Zegras is a creative player with exciting puck skills. He blends good speed with unique lines to cause separation through the neutral zone and distribute effectively to his mates. Playing behind Jack Hughes for the last two seasons has muffled his hype, but he’s been dynamite as the 2C with The Program. His patience with the puck allows his vision to take over. Has been at his best while playing against NCAA competition and on the international stage. Possesses all the ingredients for a productive top-six future. Cam Robinson

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.2
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 20, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 173 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 9

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Connecticut YankeesBrick Invitational6 8 513 2|        
 2013-2014 New York Jr. Rangers QC Int PW4 2 46 0|        
 2015-2016 Mid Fairfield Rangers 14U AAA14U AAA- - -- -|        
 2016-2017 Avon Old Farms School USHS-Prep28 18 2442 -|        
  Mid Fairfield Rangers 16U AAA16U AAA- - -- -|        
  Team Black USA-S153 2