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Ducks pick center Trevor Zegras, wing Brayden Tracey in Round 1 of NHL draft

Anaheim Ducks draft pick Trevor Zegras wears an Anaheim jersey during the first round of the NHL hoc
Anaheim Ducks draft pick Trevor Zegras, center, wears a Ducks jersey during the first round of the NHL draft on Friday in Vancouver, Canada.
(Jonathan Hayward / Associated Press)

A look at the Ducks’ two picks in the first round of the NHL draft on Friday:

TREVOR ZEGRAS, Round 1 (Pick 9), center, shoots left.

Why Ducks picked him: Zegras, 18, will be a play-making impact forward in their system. He is a great skater who can play center or wing, and he sees the ice well. Zegras is part of an excellent draft class for the U.S. national development team, having scored 12 goals with 35 assists in 33 games in the exhibition part of the season (60 penalty minutes). He is committed to Boston University.

BRAYDEN TRACEY, Round 1 (Pick 29), wing, shoots left.

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Why Ducks picked him: They need to improve scoring and Tracey will help in the long run. He was a prolific point producer in the Western Hockey League with 36 goals and 45 assists in 66 games for Moose Jaw. Tracey, 18, is regarded as a good puck control player, especially in traffic.

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