Ducks News & Rumors: Zegras, COVID & More

The Anaheim Ducks were lucky to reach this point without major absentees. However, they now suffer from COVID-19 as well as the Omicron variant that includes several COVID protocol players.

Zegras named Rookie of December

Trevor Zegras scored 11 points (from 2-9-11) in just nine games. That was good enough to earn “Rookie of the Month” honors, ahead of Anton Lundell, Tanner Jeannot, and fellow Calder Memorial Trophy candidates Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider.

Trevor Zegras, Anaheim Ducks (Photo courtesy Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images).

Zegras was in the scoring column in six of his nine games, and had a point streak of four games that ended December. His infamous “Zegras” hat was also a highlight. highlight assist on Sonny Milano’s goal against the Buffalo Sabres—are we calling it the Dishigan?— went viral on social media.

Zegras is the first Ducks player to be named “Rookie of the Month” since goaltender John Gibson in Dec. 2015 and the first Ducks skater since Bobby Ryan in Jan. 2009.

Comtois & Fowler Return, Ducks Reduced by COVID

Max Comtois exited COVID protocol, and Cam Fowler returned from an upper-body injury that kept him out of Friday’s game. However, the gain was accompanied by another loss. Ryan Getzlaf joined the COVID protocol on Sunday. Nic Deslauriers, Derek Grant also On Monday, entered the COVID protocolThis meant that the Ducks were without just a few regulars Tuesday night against Philadelphia Flyers.

Fowler was missed by the Ducks on Friday against the Vegas Golden Knights. They failed to produce speed on their breakout and were held in check offensively. Comtois and Fowler both returned to action on Sunday against Colorado Avalanche. Combination for a power play goal.

The Ducks’ blue line is stronger than it has been in recent seasons, but Fowler’s return brings more stability.

Kindopp Makes NHL Debut, O’Regan Makes Ducks Debut

A couple of new players made their season debuts Tuesday night with the absences of all regulars. Bryce Kindopp Made his NHL debut, while Danny O’Regan, who spent time with San Jose Sharks and the Buffalo Sabres, made his Ducks debut.

Kindopp A contract at entry-level with the Ducks on March 4, after parts of five seasons with the Everett Silvertips. Known as “Larry” by his Silvertips teammates, Kindopp has played all three forward positions this season with the San Diego Gulls in the American Hockey League (AHL). This season was the first time he’s played center; he was asked to fill in when the Gulls’ center depth went shallow.

O’Regan, an AHL veteran, joined the Ducks this offseason after spending last season with the Henderson Silver Knights, the Golden Knights’ AHL affiliate. O’Regan is now a veteran leader on the Gulls and this call-up marks a significant moment in his career.

Niedermayer, Kariya Lead the Search for a New GM

After Bob Murray’s resignation earlier this season, the Ducks have been without a new general manager. The Ducks have been looking for a permanent general manager to replace Jeff Solomon, who was promoted as an interim general manager. Former Ducks Scott Niedermayer and Paul Kariya are assisting in the search, along with CEO Michael Schulman and Aaron Teats, the Ducks’ president of business operations, reports TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Paul Kariya
Paul Kariya Anaheim Mighty Ducks (Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images/NHLI).

Niedermayer and Kariya are Ducks legends, and their opinions will be influential in hiring the team’s next general manager. Niedermayer spent time as a coach at the Ducks’ development camp, while Kariya has been away from the game for most of his retirement from the NHL but has begun to immerse himself in the game more recently.

Terry Hits 20-Goal Mark, gets his first career hat trick

Troy Terry is making a comeback after a slow start due to the holiday break. He was able to score his First career hat trick on Tuesday against the Flyers—en route to a 4-1 win—to bring his total to 21, the first 20-goal scorer for the Ducks since the 2019-20 season. At this pace, he has a good shot of becoming the Ducks’ first 30-goal scorer since Rickard Rakell during the 2017-18 season.

Terry now ranks third in league goals, behind Alexander Ovechkin and Leon Draisaitl. Terry’s hat trick is just one of the many highlights the 24-year-old has compiled as part of a breakout season and incidentally came exactly five years after he In the shootout, they scored three goalsTeam USA would beat Russia and advance to the gold medal match in the 2017 World Juniors. Terry would also be a part of the gold medal game and scored the winning shootout goal against Canada 5-4.

Robinson reaches career-high in games played

Many AHLers have had the opportunity to make their mark in the NHL by getting extended looks and playing under the COVID protocol. Buddy Robinson could be doing the exact same thing as Sam Carrick since his recall. Robinson was Recalled Dec. 1.He played in his 10th NHL game last night. This was a career high in NHL games played. Last season, he played in nine games for the Calgary Flames.

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With Deslauriers and Grant in COVID protocol, and Sam Carrick absent on Tuesday due to a non-COVID illness, Robinson is one of the few players in the Ducks’ lineup who isn’t afraid to throw the body. Although he may not be the fastest player or most skilled, he does know his job well.

The Ducks didn’t look great coming out of the holiday break and their missing players haven’t helped matters. They are now turning the page and taking a different path. The 4-1 victory on Tuesday was remarkable considering how many players were unavailable because of COVID protocol.

A solid goaltending performance from Gibson and an offensive showcase headlined by Terry’s hat trick nabbed Dallas Eakins his 100th win as Ducks head coach.

The Ducks will try to take this momentum into their next game against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.