Ryan Getzlaf has already begun to leave his legacy

Published August 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Trevor Zegras is most likely the future captain of the Anaheim Ducks, and he has one of the best teachers to guide him to that accomplishment in Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf decided to come back to the Ducks because he wouldn't feel good with another jersey on his back, and then on top of that, he enjoys his role of guiding the youngsters and rebuilding this team that he cherishes so much.

Going back to Zegras, who was the 9th overall pick in the 2019 auction, he certainly has the skills to fill that role in the not too distant future. He has that in him, which is somewhat of a gift since that quality can't be bought at the corner store. Last year, after a gold medal and 18 points in seven games at the World U20 Championship, he joined the Ducks' training camp.

In two stints with the Ducks, he was a scorcher with 21 points, including 10 goals, in 17 games. With the Ducks, he went through a slower period, where he learned, but he still collected 13 points in 24 games. Through this 2021 journey, he also honed his leadership skills, which led him to a very specific attention, that of contacting Sasha Pastujov, a 3rd round pick of the Ducks in 2021.

Here's what Pastujov, who will be playing with the Guelph Storm in the upcoming schedule, had to say about Zegras:

"Trevor has been great to me since I was selected. He contacted me on draft day and since then we've talked briefly about when we're coming to Anaheim, spending time together and showing me around. He was great with me. I couldn't ask for more from him."

We're talking about a 20-year-old with the makings of a future captain, which must certainly appeal to Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks organization.
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