In case you missed it last night, Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras got absolutely OBLITERATED by Arizona Coyotes forward Jan Jenik in a preseason game.
Jenik was then challenged and obliged by Ducks forward Adam Henrique.
Here's the entire sequence including a pretty healthy scrap between Jenik and Henrique:
That's a ROCK solid hit, ain't nothin' wrong with that. The scrap ain't half bad either...
Zegras left the game following the hit and did not return. No report yet on his status for the rest of the preseason, but I suspect that the Ducks will take their time in assessing him. Needless to say that the Ducks would be in a world of hurt if they were to lose him for any significant time. The 21 year old former 9th overall pick put up 23 goals and 61 points in 75 games with the Ducks last season in his first full season in the NHL. He was a breakout star for the Ducks last season along with linemate Troy Terry who broke out for 37 goals and 67 points. Together Zegras and Terry represent the future for the Ducks.
As for Jenik, the 22 year old Czech forward is just out there doing everything he can to make an impression on the Coyotes' coaching staff. Again, I see nothing wrong with this hit and I bet it'll go a long way toward impressing Jenik's coaches and teammates. Bonus points for not hesitating to drop the gloves against a veteran like Henrique too. Jenik put up two goals and three points in 11 games with the Coyotes last season, but spent the majority of the season with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate Tucson Roadrunners where he put up 17 goals and 47 points in 51 games. He's a former 3rd round pick (65th overall) from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and, again, he's just trying to do everything he can to get noticed by the coaching staff so that he can nail down a full-time NHL roster spot after a few seasons in the minor leagues. Kudos to the kid.