Ducks Rumors: 5 Players Who Won't Be Traded This Offseason

The Anaheim Ducks are a long way away from contending. GM Pat Verbeek is trying to find young talent to build around and has made it very clear the past two seasons, anything is on the table and bold trades are welcomed.

Expect much more of the same throughout this summer as the Ducks will be active on the trade market leading into the NHL Draft and free-agency opening July 1. While we've already seen Cutter Gauthier get brought in from the Philadelphia Flyers, there's also been a lot of talk about Trevor Zegras potentially be shopped around this offseason. Zegras may be on the move, however don't expect to see any of these 5 Ducks traded this offseason:

Cutter Gauthier

Confident or cocky, however you feel like describing the aforementioned Gauthier, the kid is going to be a star. After letting the Flyers know he had no interest in playing for their franchise, Verbeek swooped in and now he has a potential top-six forward for the next 15 years on his hand. Gauthier was the 5th overall pick in 2022, and last season scored 65 points in 41 games at Boston College. The 20-year-old managed to appear in one NHL game to end the season and recorded an assist in his first game. More of that to come in 2024-25. 

Mason McTavish

While Zegras may be available, McTavish is not and has captain material written all over him. The former 3rd overall pick in 2021 has burst onto the scene for the Ducks, recording back-to-back 40-point seasons and this past year, battled injuries and managed 42 points in just 64 games. Expect McTavish to eventually become a point-a-game player while also being a strong 200-foot presence.

Troy Terry

Verbeek signed Terry to a seven-year $49 million dollar deal during last summer and even though his no-trade clause doesn't kick in until 2025-26, Terry isn't going anywhere. The organization loves the character and leadership the 26-year-old brings to the table and the 80 goals over the course of the last three seasons doesn't hurt either. Terry's a cornerstone piece for Verbeek and the Ducks. 

Leo Carlsson

Speaking of cornerstones, Carlsson started slow during his rookie year but also made it very clear with finding his footing in the second half, the Ducks have themselves a future first-line centre. Carlsson can do it all, he's defensive sound, doesn't shy away from contact and he's going to eventually put up massive numbers. The 19-year-old managed to dress in 55 games and recorded an impressive 29 points. Again, he's only 19...and doesn't turn 20 until Boxing Day. 

Olen Zellweger

The cornerstone on the back end, Zellweger appeared in 26 games with the Ducks this season, recording nine points and looking at times like playing defense in the NHL was something he could easily handle. Zellweger's a two-way presence and is going to run a power-play throughout his career. At the AHL level this past season he posted 37 points in 44 games and expect to see him push the 40-point mark in the NHL next season when his minutes increase a tremendous amount.

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