There’s Jack Eichel, Evan Rodrigues and Danny O’Regan who are all former Boston University stars who traded in their Terrier Scarlett and White for Buffalo Blue & Gold.
Center Trevor Zegras has committed to playing college hockey at BU and could find himself with a bit of a homecoming if the Sabres snag him with the seventh overall selection.
“Buffalo would be awesome,“ Zegras said during the NHL Combine. “A New York kid — wouldn’t be far for my family to travel so it would be awesome.“
The Bedford, New York, native put up impressive numbers with the US National Development Program, where he collected 26 goals and 61 assists in 60 games this past season. His playmaking ability is considered to be among the best in this year’s class and growing up, Zegras said he studied a Western New York native, who is also one of the best players in the game.
“Watching a lot of hockey, my favorite player was Patrick Kane,“ Zegras said. “His passes are way better than mine. So, just trying to do what I can and maybe emulate a little bit of him. It’s what I like about the game, what I like to practice.“
“He’s one of these high-character players on the ice where he can rise to the occasion,“ added NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr. “He wants the puck, he wants to score, he wants to be in on the play so, so he goes out there and makes things happen.“
Aside from putting up impressive offensive numbers, Zegras prides himself on playing a complete 200-foot game.
“Especially if you’re going to expect yourself to go really high in the draft, you have to play both ends of the ice,“ he said. “You want to win Stanley Cups, you want to be a high-end NHL player you got to be able to play both ends of the ice.“
And if he can be a dependable two-way pivot, the New York native could take up permanent residence with the big club sooner rather than later.