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Trevor Zegras was selected as the No. 9 overall pick by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft. Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Even though he only just turned 19 and had an up-and-down (if at times jaw-dropping) season at Boston University,  is about to turn pro. Both  and  nb游戏平台are reporting that the Anaheim Ducks are expected to announce a three-year entry-level contract later Friday.

Even if his freshman season was a bit rocky at times, there’s absolutely zero doubt that Zegras has the kind of talent to be a dominant player at the NHL level. The ninth overall pick from 2019 recorded 36 points in 33 games for the Terriers, earning him a selection to the Hockey East All-Rookie team. Perhaps even more impressive than his performance in college was the show he put on at the World Juniors, recording nine primary assists (several that rendered spectators speechless) in limited ice time.

Make no mistake, Zegras’ playmaking ability would fit in on an NHL power play right now. The rest of his game still needs some polish, but there is no ceiling in sight for the Ducks’ newest star prospect. Whether he steps right into the NHL or spends some time honing his skills in the minor leagues isn’t clear at this point, but getting him into their organization and development program as soon as possible allows the Anaheim front office to control his destiny.

Again, Zegras won’t turn 20 until next March, meaning his contract could potentially slide another year if he doesn’t play in 10 NHL games during the 2020-21 season. He will, however, be eligible to play in the AHL — the 20-year old age threshold is only for players drafted out of the CHL.

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