Ducks’ Trevor Zegras stands out in the battle between this year’s best rookie candidates – Press Enterprise

Three of the top candidates for the Calder Trophy as this year’s rookie of the NHL took the ice on Sunday when the Ducks hosted the Detroit Red Wings at the Honda Center and eventually secured a 4-3 shootout victory from their once bitter rivals.

One stood out.

Detroit’s Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider had influential games for the Red Wings. Raymond and Seider each recorded their assists. Raymond recorded an impressive 24:08 ice time and was credited with four shots on goal. Seider played 24:55 and had a team-leading five shots.

The ducks’ Trevor Zegras surpassed them, however.

Zegras scored one goal, set up another and then had what turned out to be the decisive goal in the penalty shootout. He played 20:08 and recorded a shot on goal, a blistering one-off shot from just the dot in the right faceoff circle that hit Detroit goalkeeper Thomas Greiss.

In the penalty shootout, Zegras slipped a shot between the goalkeeper’s legs.

Raymond, a left winger, leads the NHL’s rookie scorer run with 30 points in 36 games (10 goals, 20 assists). Zegras, a center, is number two with 27 points in 30 games (nine goals, 18 assists). Seider, a defender, is third with 23 points in 36 games (three goals, 20 assists).

COMTOIS ‘BREAKTHROUGH

After 17 games, after a hand operation, after a COVID-19 dismissal, left wing Max Comtois finally scored his first goal of the season in game 18, a tap-in in the opening minutes of the third period that gave the Ducks a short 3. – 2 remains. Comtois celebrated with a fist pump after ending its drought.

Comtois have one goal and two assists in their last four games. Overall, he has one goal and three assists in 18 games. His only previous point of the season was an assist in the Ducks’ November 9 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Last season, he led the Ducks with 16 goals and 33 points.

“I think the Colorado game was a kind of get-my-feet-wet, get-my-feet-under-me again (game),” he said, referring to his return to the lineup from the league’s COVID-19 -protokol Jan. 2. “I did not play for a long time, so it was just getting back to the rhythm of playing in the NHL.

“Since that match, I’m pretty happy with the way I’ve played.

“(Coach) Dallas (Eakins) and the coaching staff give me opportunities to get back to my game, which gives me a little more ice time. I want to be part of my game. I want to be a key piece in the future. I think that’s the way I have to play, consistently every game. (Sunday) was another example. ”

FOWLERS GREAT MINUTES

Eakins has leaned heavily on defender Cam Fowler in three games since Hampus Lindholm was placed in the league’s COVID-19 protocol last week. Fowler’s ice age soared Sunday when he reached a career-high 35:11 and topped his previous high of 32:33 on November 20, 2013 against the San Jose Sharks.

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