One moment, Duck rookie center Trevor Zegrass was trailing Colorado Avalanche defenders, controlling the puck as if it were on a string. Then, suddenly, he lay on the ice inside the center faceoff circle, angry and in pain after a cut on the back of his left leg.
Zegrass went limp on the bench and then needed assistance to reach the dressing room on the opposite side of the rink 7:22 in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ducks on Sunday at the rookie faceoff tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was ruled out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons.
The Ducks later said that one of their brightest hopes for the Zegrass, their top prospect and the quick conclusion of their ongoing reconstruction efforts, was a “fine”. His position was precarious for Monday’s tournament finale against the Arizona Coyotes. Training camp is starting in Irvine from Thursday.
Zegras, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2019 draft, scored one goal and set up two others in Friday’s 8-4 win over the San Jose Sharks. He had three goals and 10 assists in 24 games with the Ducks last season and 10 goals and 11 assists in 17 games with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.
The Ducks also played without center Mason McTavish on Sunday, the third overall pick in July, because of an undisclosed injury that was plaguing him. McTavish also scored a goal and two assists on Friday against the Sharks, a far wider open contest than Sunday’s game.
Sean Tschigrell, Jacques Badini, Alex Limoges and Jacob Perrault scored for ducks against the Avalanche. Limoges and Perrault scored in the final 61 seconds, with goalkeeper Roman Dorney on the bench in favor of the sixth attacker to force OT the game. Gage Alexander is expected to start against Arizona on Monday.