After taking a hard hit from winger Jan Jenik on Wednesday night, Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras had to leave the game against the Arizona Coyotes due to an upper-body injury and missed the rest of the exhibition.
Midway through the second period, Zegras collected the ball in the neutral zone but was met by a hard open-ice hit from Jenik as he attempted to bring the puck across the center line.
For the entirety of the 2021-22 NHL season, the 21-year-old wowed audiences with his creative goals and assists reminiscent of the sport of lacrosse. He has 23 goals and 38 assists in 75 games, good enough for second place in Calder Trophy balloting.
The forward’s status, Trevor Zegras, is currently up in the air as he receives treatment for an injury to his upper body. The Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 in the preseason on Wednesday, but Zegras got hurt in the second period.
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The Ducks’ coach, Dallas Eakins, announced Thursday that his team would be sending their player for further evaluation and hoped to receive the results by the following morning. Therefore, “we’re in a holding pattern on it.”
With 61 points (23 goals, 38 assists) in 75 games as a rookie last year, Zegras was second in the NHL. On October 12, the Ducks will face the Seattle Kraken in their regular season opener.
Before joining the Winged Beavers of Avon Old Farms School in the Founders League (USHS) in 2016–2017, Zegras played bantam major hockey with the Mid Fairfield Rangers. In two years with the Winged Beavers, he scored 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points.
As a sophomore at Avon Old Farms, Zegras tried out for and made the USA Hockey National Team Development Program’s (USNTDP) Top 40 team. Zegras played for the USNTDP under-17 team in the USHL in 2017-18, where he contributed 20 goals and 39 assists for 59 points. He then played for their U18 squad for the 2018–19 season, contributing 87 points (including 61 assists) in 66 games.
Zegras’s strong performance in the USHL led to his selection as the ninth overall pick by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Despite being picked in the draft, Zegras remained dedicated to his pledge to play ice hockey at Boston University in the NCAA.