Ducks' GM Reveals Which Center Would Switch To Wing Down The Line

After the Anaheim Ducks drafted Leo Carlsson second overall in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, they have three very good young centers in their organization. With Trevor Zegras and Mason McTavish as the team's top two centers at the moment and the team expected to keep all three for the long haul, one will have to move over to the wing and the Ducks' general manager gave some insight on that.

Pat Verbeek (Ducks' GM) said that of the three young centers, he sees Zegras as the likeliest to switch to the wing. He is the furthest along and that may not come until Carlsson has solidified himself as a top-6 center, but his style of play definitely suggests an ability to succeed as a skilled winger.

This won't impact the contract discussions that Zegras and the Ducks are currently having though as he is securely their top center right now. The 22-year-old wrapped up his third season (second full season) in the NHL and scored 23 goals and 65 points for a very underwhelming Ducks team who were lacking offense. He will continue to get better and the Ducks added a bit of reinforcements to help with that. We will see how long it takes for Carlsson to not only lock down a spot on the team, but get good enough to be a top-six center in the NHL.

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