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Zegras & Thrun Named To All-Rookie Teams
By Michael Walters
Two Anaheim Ducks prospects were recently named to All-Rookie Teams. Forward Trevor Zegras was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and defenseman Henry Thrun was named to the Eastern College Atheltic Conference(ECAC) All-Rookie Team. Zegras was also named to the Hockey East Third-Team All-Stars.
The Ducks selected Zegras 9th overall in the 2019 NHL entry draft. He spent last season at Boston University playing in 33 games. He registered 36 total points(11 goals + 25 assists). He had an on-ice rating of +8 and recorded 48 penalty minutes.
He impressed many at the recent World Juniors as he recorded nine primary assists in the first four games for Team USA. Zegras became only the second player in the tournament in 16 years to record nine primary assists in a single World Junior Championship(WJC), joining Brayden Schenn(nine primary assists in seven games for Canada in 2011). Zegras’ nine assists tied him for the fourth-most by a U.S. player in a single WJC. In Team USA’s fifth and final game of the tournament, they lost to Team Finland 1-0 in the Quarterfinals.
Zegras is a dynamic player with an amazing vision on the ice and is able to find his teammates in tight situations. Overall he is also a strong two-way player, an excellent passer, and is a very good skater. There was a discussion of him wanting to turn pro soon at the recent Hockey Hot Stove with General Manager Bob Murray.
The Ducks selected Thrun 101st overall in the 2019 NHL entry draft. He spent last season at Havard University playing in 31 games. He registered 21 total points( 3 goals + 18 assists). He had an on-ice rating of +17 and recorded 12 penalty minutes.
Thrun played for Team USA in the 2018-19 WJC – U18 tournament. He had one assist in seven games and had an on-ice rating of +10. Team USA went 6-0-1 and earned a bronze medal.
Thrun is a solid skater with speed in both directions and can reach that speed quickly with very good acceleration. He can lead the rush and has a good one-timer and slap shot. He is a good puck-moving defenseman with size at six-foot-two. He needs work with his positioning but could be a top-four defenseman if he develops properly.
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March 18th, 2020