The Anaheim Ducks will wait until after the season to work out an extension with Trevor Zegras, general manger Pat Verbeek said Thursday.
As a rookie last season, the 21-year-old recorded 23 goals and 38 assists through 75 games. Now that Ryan Getzlaf has retired, the Ducks could be positioning Zegras to become the future face of the franchise.
Zegras, along with Troy Terry and Jamie Drysdale, can become a restricted free agent next season. Zegras and Drysdale will be coming off their entry-level deals next summer. When asked if he would make an effort to extend any or all three of the players in the midst of the season, Verbeek said no.
“We’re going to wait until the season goes. That way the players don’t have a distraction. It gives the players the full year to kind of just concentrate on playing hockey and then at the appropriate time we’ll talk with the agents and do what we got to do.”