Anaheim Ducks Player to Watch: All Eyes on Troy Terry

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06: Troy Terry #61 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck as Vince Dunn #29 of the St. Louis Blues defends during the third period of a game at Honda Center on March 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06: Troy Terry #61 of the Anaheim Ducks skates with the puck as Vince Dunn #29 of the St. Louis Blues defends during the third period of a game at Honda Center on March 06, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Troy Terry had a three point’s in the Anaheim Ducks game against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. Going into tonight’s game, Ducks Nation should keep an eye on the young right wing.

With just a few minutes left in regulation, the Anaheim Ducks suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Tonight, they head back to the face-off circle to host the Montreal Canadiens for the two teams final contest against one another.

With Carey Price in net and a team chalked full of talent, tonight’s game is going to be another tough one for the Anaheim Ducks. The Montreal Canadiens are sitting comfortably in the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot, at least for tonight, but a win could mean all the difference for a team like them.

However, in a recent change of events, the Anaheim Ducks have looked surprisingly well since Bob Murray took over the post at interim head coach. They have not been perfect by any means, but they have taken many strides to improve.

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The rookies have looked particularly impressive as of late, which is a sure sign that the future of the Anaheim Ducks is a bright one indeed. While the Ducks may not have young talent quite like Max Domi and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the Montreal Canadiens cannot let their guard down as they skate out onto the Pond tonight.

Anaheim Ducks vs Montreal Canadiens

Game 69: Anaheim Ducks vs Montreal Canadiens

Season Record: 26-33-9

Location: Honda Center — Anaheim, California

Time: 7:00 pm PST

TV: Fox Sports West

Radio: AM 830

Anaheim Ducks Injuries: Derek Grant (Upper Body), Brendan Guhle (Upper Body), Chad Johnson (Head), Ondrej Kase (Shoulder), Nick Ritchie (Lower Body), Devin Shore (Knee)

Montreal Canadiens Injuries: The Montreal Canadiens do not currently have any players out to injury.

Montreal Canadiens Player to Watch: Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Jesperi Kotkaniemi has quite possibly been the missing piece to the Montreal Canadiens puzzle. At only 18-years-old, he has already made the leap up to the big club, becoming a regular on the Hab’s roster. In 66 games, he has 32 points, which is only a few points shy of the Anaheim Ducks leader in points, Ryan Getzlaf (with 39.)

Some have compared the young center to Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings. Should he reach his full potential, it isn’t a far stretch to say that he could be a very similar player in the lineup for the Montreal Canadiens.

While he may be dangerous whenever he has the puck on his stick, he is also incredibly smart. His hockey IQ is phenomenal and it is incredible that such a young player is so in tune with not only the game but his team.

The cherry on top of it all is his creativity. Kotkaniemi always seems to be one step ahead of everyone else, his determination allows him to make an impact every second he is on the ice. Drafting him third overall in the 2018 draft has helped the Canadiens out tremendously, and it is something the Anaheim Ducks should be mindful of as they finish out their season.

Anaheim Ducks Player to Watch: Troy Terry

Despite losing in the final minutes of the game on Wednesday night, Troy Terry had a rather impressive game against the St. Louis Blues. With 3 assists credited to his name, the 21-year-old eclipsed his previous game-high in points.

While Terry may only have 7 points so far this season, the young forward has stepped up his game in the past month or so. Each time he is given the call-up, he looks more and more confident than the time before. Aside from the rough patch he had at the beginning of the season, his game has translated well at an NHL level, signaling that he could be ready to make the jump full-time next season.

Terry is very intuitive when it comes to the game of hockey. Although he may still be a little timid at times, he still is not afraid to take a few changes. That translated very well in his assist on Nick Ritchie’s game-opening goal on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues.

He has one thing that the rest of the team has seemed to lack this season and even he struggled with it at the beginning of the year. Confidence is key when you’re playing a sport like hockey. The Ducks have been rather hesitant and coy when it comes to their style this season.

If the Anaheim Ducks do not make Terry a staple on their power play unit in the years to come, they are going to be making a huge mistake. He brings both the skills, the speed, and his youthful attitude sparks something in his teammates. While the Ducks still have miles to go before their power play is perfected, Terry, and even Max Jones, are a good start.

If Troy Terry continues to play the way he has been over the past few games, the Anaheim Ducks are going to have some pretty beautiful changes with the puck tonight. During each game, Terry sets the bar for himself higher and higher and without fail, he always goes above and beyond for his team. Keep an eye on him Ducks Nation, Troy Terry is going to be a fun player to watch over the next few years.

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Who do you think the Anaheim Ducks player to watch tonight is? Do you agree that it is Troy Terry or do you think it is someone else? Let us know by leaving a comment down below! As always, Lets Go Ducks!