New York Rangers: Exploring a trade for a Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras

Oct 17, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (11) reaches for the puck
Oct 17, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (11) reaches for the puck / Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

As the season continues, the New York Rangers enjoy their position at the top of the Metropolitan. Going 8-7-1 in their last sixteen, this roster could use some improvement when we get to the trade deadline. Whether that is on March 8th or beforehand, this group of Rangers should not be the one to lead this organization into the postseason. Reinforcements are needed to make sure the Blueshirts have a firm chance of Stanley Cup glory.

One such name that is coming up in the rumor mill is Anaheim's young starlet Trevor Zegras. With the Ducks growing increasingly upset with the state of their team, there have been rumors circulating regarding a tear down of the rebuild in Orange County, California. It means that their flashy youngster Trevor Zegras could be made available with the recent state of the team. The movement of young defensive stalwart Jamie Drysdale to Philadelphia is an indication that Anaheim aren't happy.

Naturally a center, Zegras could be a monster in New York. With the skill set that made him one of the cover athletes for EA's NHL 23, the Ducks forward is among the most dynamic players in the league. While his overall point totals leave you wanting more from someone who has his level of talent. With multiple NHL Michigan goals under his belt, he's created quite the highlight reel for himself in Anaheim.

Zegras has had a slower start this season with four goals and three assists in 20 games with the Ducks, but he posted more than 60 points in the last two seasons of his career. With that kind of production, you could comfortably slot him into this top six in New York. With the ability to play both down the middle and the wing, he could be the missing part of the top line with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad.

If the cost was something like Filip Chytil, the 2024 1st round pick of the Rangers, and someone like Drew Fortescue, it may give the Ducks a reason to part with the superstar center. While it might be painful to part with Chytil, his injury problems have been overwhelming in New York. A fresh start in Anaheim where he gets an elevated role might help him realise the potential he had once upon a time.

What do you think? Would you make a move for Zegras? If so, how far would you go? How far is too far before this Rangers roster needs to accept that making a move like that would not be in the teams best interests? It's a fine line, so let me know your thoughts.