Detroit Red Wings: What Fans Need To Know For the 2019 NHL Draft

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Alongside Jack Hughes, Alex Turcotte, and Cole Caufield, the USNTDP program has another prospect who could easily be a top ten pick for this year’s draft in Trevor Zegras. After Turcotte and Hughes were promoted, Zegras got his chance on the top line.

Hailing from Bedford, New York is the forward Trevor Zegras who was a product of the USNTDP team that has fielded countless top prospects over the years. Zegras is a six-foot, 174-pound frame who was able to play on the top line alongside Cole Caufield. He is easily the third or fourth best player that is draft eligible in this draft class from the USNTDP Program.

Zegras spent sixty games with the U18 U.S. National Team where he scored twenty-six goals and had sixty-one assists for a grand eighty-seven points. Zegras also logged twenty-seven games with the USNTDP Junior team where he scored fourteen goals alongside twenty-six assists for forty total points. His elevated play and offensive prowess has earned him a DI NCAA commitment at Boston University.

The excitement and hype around Zegras on the scouting reports is his ability to be a solid two-way forward who excels in both sides of the ice. Just like some of the others mentioned above, Zegras has a knack for finding the open man, using his stickhandling skills to create opportunities. When he does not have the puck, he does an excellent job finding the open space and making sure he stays involved in the play. Anticipation is a substantial attribute that Zegras uses to judge passes and be able to jump a play and get a turnover.

There is a slight downside with selecting Zegras; however, it may be viewed as a positive attribute. Depending on how Yzerman and the rest of his scouts view it, Zegras has a mean streak too him that can get him into trouble. Zegras is quite good at getting into scrums after the play ends, his ninety-four penalty minutes through sixty games with the U18 team shows his willingness to get feisty.