NHL Prospect Profile: Trevor Zegras
– Trevor Zegras –
USA Hockey’s NTDP | Center | 2019 NHL Draft Eligible
Bedford, New York, USA | March 20, 2001 | 5-foot-11, 159-pounds
Trevor Zegras fell into the shadows of the NTDP’s superior centers, Jack Hughes and Alex Turcotte, for the first half of the ’17-18 season. However, once those two were promoted to the U18 squad, Zegras took over as the team’s number one center and proved that he is more than capable to lead a team’s offence.
Zegras put up 20 goals and 59 points in 56 games as a member of the U17 squad last year, but perhaps most impressively was his ability to lock down the defensive side of the game as well. Zegras became trusted to play in all situations and quickly became the team’s leader on and off the ice for the second half.
- Hockey Sense
- Two-Way Game
Trevor Zegras plays a smart, two-way game. He reads the ice incredibly well and never lacks the necessary effort in the defensive zone to recapture possession of the puck, or at the very least, to eliminate passing and shooting lanes. More of a playmaker than a shooter, Zegras utilizes his vision to find teammates through minuscule seams.
With that said, he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and can certainly beat goaltenders on shots through traffic or in tight. What coaches will love most about Zegras though is his consistent two-way play. He never gives up on the puck and backchecks deep into the defensive zone to help out his defencemen. He’s also become reliable in the faceoff circle, especially on the penalty kill.
- Aggression and Physicality
One area where Zegras may be lacking is with his current size. At just 159-pounds, Zegras doesn’t yet have the strength to play at upper levels. As a two-way center, it will be crucial for him to add some muscle in order to stand up against larger and stronger opponents in puck battles as well as in boxing opponents out.
Zegras also tends to shy away from the physical play and tends to lose out on part of his offensive potential as a result. If he is able to work on his strength and aggression on the puck, Zegras would be capable of being a top-flight prospect for the upcoming draft, and in the conversation with the top centermen.
Trevor Zegras projects to be a second-line center at the NHL level. He possesses an elite level of hockey sense and is a tremendous playmaker. He can thread passes through passes and reads the ice well in order to find passing lanes that no one else sees. Heading into the ’18-19 season, Zegras forecasts as a late first round pick for the 2019 NHL Draft.