NHL Trade Rumors: Could Trevor Zegras Be Draft Day Trade?

As the NHL Draft approaches, speculation is swirling yet again around Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras potentially being on the move.

Despite Ducks GM Pat Verbeek's denials of actively shopping Zegras or fielding trade inquiries, the media has not shied away from exploring possible trade scenarios.

Zegras, known for his incredible puck-handling skills and finishing second for the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2021-22, has emerged as a significant topic in trade discussions, especially after an injury-shortened 2023-24 season.

Over just 31 games played this season, the 23-year-old recorded six goals and nine assists for 15 total points.

The unexpected trade of Jamie Drysdale to the Philadelphia Flyers for winger Cutter Gauthier in January has only intensified questions about Zegras' long-term role with the rebuilding Ducks.

Zegras has two years remaining on his 3-year, $17.25M contract ($5.75M AAV), signed back in 2023. He also does not hold a no-trade clause, which makes a potential deal easier.

Some analysts believe he could be an attractive Draft Day trade candidate, according to Bleacher Report's Lyle Richardson.

Stu Cowan of The Montreal Gazette has suggested the Montreal Canadiens might be interested, particularly given Zegras' friendship with Canadiens star Cole Caufield. Meanwhile, Sammi Silber of The Hockey News sees him as a fit for the Washington Capitals, who are looking to infuse younger talent into their roster, as pointed out by Richardson.

Over his four-year career, Zegras has amassed 55 goals and 99 assists for 154 total points across 211 games played.

As the draft nears, the speculation around Zegras is likely to intensify, keeping him at the center of trade discussions despite the Ducks' lack of immediate pressure to move him.

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