EDMONTON, AB – DECEMBER 29: Trevor Zegras # 9 of the United States celebrates a goal against the Czech Republic during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship at Rogers Place on December 29, 2020 in Edmonton, Canada (Photo by Codie McLachlan / Getty Images)
By now you’ve all heard the news that Trevor Zegras is making his way into the NHL on his first stint with parent club, the Anaheim Ducks. First and foremost, congratulations are in order for the youngster.He is a star in the eyes of many fans and has barely stepped in the wrong direction in a short time playing AHL hockey with the San Diego. Gulls, posting 9 points (4g, 5a) in 8 games
The AHL has, for better or worse, turned into something of a development league this season, and Zegras is leading it in points production; absolutely crush him Following his stellar game at the 2021 World Junior Championships, there was no doubt that he was destined for the big show Put simply, the youngster has some eye-catching skills and the us to use them
His call is most likely part of the stimulus that saw veteran Adam Henrique request waivers only the other day Bob Murray has signaled that tough decisions would be needed to reverse the Ducks’ flag season
“Adam is not alone in this But I’m tired of talking and waiting We need results and tough decisions have to be made” – Bob Murray at Athletic
However, there are a few questions as to why it’s a good idea at this point.These questions have turned what should be a joyous occasion for fans, into one of mixed feelings. say No one, no one at all, thinks that Zegras isn’t capable of improving the Anaheim Ducks’ offense or couldn’t make the team at least interesting to watch These are not questions that are asked
No, the angst for fans is that this Ducks season is all but over Even adding Connor McDavid to the roster isn’t going to push the Anaheim Ducks over the edge and turn them into a believable cup fantasy So, one question is whether the Ducks are better off to continue what they’re looking to achieve in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Right now they’re heading for a top-3 selection in the draft and the possibility of another talent like Zegras or last year’s high selection Jamie Drysdale Fans know there is has a fine line between becoming the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning One of those teams has talent on every line and a… well, sorry Senators fans If it’s any consolation, you are the team perfect for memes for what not to do when it comes to team building
Another question is whether Zegras will be able to effectively harness his skills under the guidance of current coach Dallas Eakins So far, Eakins has shown very little ability to grow forward, so some fans are concerned about his ability to polish Zegras to the point where he shines.
Additionally, the entire Anaheim Ducks offensive system revolves around dump and chase hockey.It is a system that can work for elite passing players, as evidenced by Ryan Getzlaf’s early career.
However, Getzlaf’s offense has been drastically blunted this current season.The problem here is that Getzlaf has aged and his skills have faded, or are the Ducks struggling to find the lost puck and to complete the chances they have? If the current Anaheim Ducks problem is the first one, then Zegras has the potential to score in clusters
If the problem is the latter, however, then Zegras doesn’t yet have the body to take on the great NHL players and isn’t quite the finisher the Ducks need, despite his goal of the other. evening showing a skillful hand eye coordination
One comment that has been brought up, and I’ll paraphrase is: Zegras will make the Ducks better, and that’s bad because they really need a serious rebuild. High picks in the draft will help a lot Eakins could make Zegras worse, and that’s bad because the Anaheim Ducks really need him to be all he’s advertised to be if they ever want to get out of the basement
This is a legitimate concern and not the only one Questions should also be raised as to whether Zegras is quite ready to play in NHL hockey right now with as many consecutive games as there are will probably be in the second half of the season
We’ve seen his draft colleague Jack Hughes wrestle in his first season in the NHL and, more recently, Alexis Lafreniere, fight for points in his inaugural season Maybe just a season in the NHL. AHL with professional coaches (not offending junior hockey coaches and sports scientists) full time would really make him shine next season
Plus, is it in the best interest of the AHL hopefuls? Would Jacob Perreault get more advantages through a successful season, picking up chemistry with Zegras than he would without Zegras? Ditto for Brayden Tracey or Jamie Drysdale
The crux of the argument, however, is that the Ducks management and coaches have lost the unified faith of the fan group. While many fans are still rightly optimistic about Zegras’ debut, many are worried because of the men’s record.
Eakins has a checkered history in his two NHL coaching stoppages of poor training strategies and ripping a locker room We’ve seen his strategies in play and they seem patchy at best We’ve heard rumors recently that Henrique received very little notice of his demotion from the team Surely a move that would send ripples through the locker room
Bob Murray barely saw a forward develop on his watch Rickard Rakell has excelled over the years despite dropping out under the current coaching regime Jakob Silfverberg is the other local talent (more or less) who has played in the top 6 The list after that is pretty sterile
Players like William Karlsson and Kyle Palmieri weren’t in the Ducks, but ended up scoring 30 goals for other hockey clubs Recent top 10 draft pick Nick Ritchie was almost pushed into playing a game that was not in his best interest
Fast forward less than a year after his trade and he’s currently halfway through a game with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in 15 and a half games Let’s not even talk about his last goal being a tip on the power play since the Ducks clearly don’t need any help there… right? It is also quite difficult to say that Sam Steel, Max Jones or Troy Terry respected their billing
In essence, Bob Murray was right Tough decisions must be made To allay fans’ worries, the Ducks need a change This change must come from the top, with a whole new direction and a whole new staff at framing
Eventually, fans will be allowed to return to the Honda Center, and if the Anaheim Ducks want them to come back in droves, they’ll have to produce a product fans can trust It should be fresh and exciting New and exciting
The idea of the best prospect the Ducks have had since Bobby Ryan should give every fan a euphoric high The fact that so many people fear is a clear sign that the tough decision Bob Murray alluded to is expected since a long time
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