Anaheim Ducks’ forward Trevor Zegras has the assist of the year.
Zegras set up his teammate Sonny Milano with an insane alley oop pass against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Zegras faked like he was going for the Michigan behind the net before lobbing a pass in the air to Milano in front.
Milano batted Zegras’ lob pass out of mid-air and past Sabres’ goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Zegras reacted like he couldn’t believe what just happened. The NHL reviewed the goal for a high-stick and determined Milano’s stick was under the crossbar.
Here’s video of one of the nastiest NHL assists you’ll ever see.
Here’s an alternate angle that shows the goal from the other side:
Zegras was spotted laughing on the bench after the play was ruled a goal. Zegras’ reaction is truly priceless.
Here’s a great shot of Zegras’ reaction on the ice after the goal. Photo credit goes to TSN.
Zegras explained how the play unfolded in his post-game press conference.
“It’s one of those things I love trying to do,” Zegras said. “Sonny was actually calling for it. He was yelling, ‘Michigan!’ So I ended up just flipping it over the net. He’s got great hand eye, and he did the rest.”
“I was sold on the pass,” Zegras added. “Once I heard him yell Michigan to me, I kinda wanted to get it to him. Like I still can’t believe it worked.”
Zegras is the perfect example of the new generation of hockey. The 20-year-old rookie is always having fun on the ice and trying creative plays. Recently, he’s the tried the Michigan Move, attempted to score between-the-legs and done a fake between-the-legs deke/pass.
Zegras’ magic vs Buffalo set social media ablaze Tuesday evening. The rookie even received acknowledgement from Anaheim Ducks legend Teemu Selanne.
— Teemu Selanne (@TeemuSel8nne) December 8, 2021
Here’s some of the best social media reactions to Zegras’ assist to Milano:
Trevor Zegras understood the assignment from NHL 2006 pic.twitter.com/eQR11TovVF
— xTech (@xTechHockey) December 8, 2021
— NHL (@NHL) December 8, 2021
A tweet from the man himself:
— Trevor Zegras (@tzegras11) December 8, 2021
Zegras has been special this year, but we also need to give Milano credit for finishing off the alley oop pass. The 25-year-old American forward has showed fantastic chemistry with Zegras on the second line this year. Milano has scored in three straight games to raise his goal total to 8 on the season.
Zegras may have become the clear-cut Calder Trophy favorite after that alley oop assist to Milano. There are also two talented rookies in Detroit that you can’t discount, but Zegras’ skill-set is next-level. Zegras is now up to 22 points in 25 games, which is tied for the rookie scoring lead.
There aren’t many words to say about an alley oop pass like that. Trevor Zegras is simply a wizard.