It is almost guaranteed that Troy Terry will be on the Anaheim Ducks full time in 2019-20. For being a former 5th round draft pick, he has been impressive at every level he has played at. While he did start his NHL career off a little timid, Terry stepped things up during his second stint with the big club last season.
As the team transitions into this new, and what could be a rather difficult season, they need young players like Terry in the lineup who exude confidence and composure. Last year, Terry took a situation, that wasn’t ideal, in stride and overcame some difficult obstacles put in his way by both Randy Carlyle and Bob Murray.
Things seemed to somewhat turn around for the entire team last season after Bob Murray took over behind the bench. Had Terry been subjected to better coaching from the get-go and remained with the Ducks the entire season, he would have been on pace to have a 41 point rookie season. While those aren’t Elias Pettersson numbers, that would have put him among the Top 5 in scoring.
Now that the Ducks have a new coach that the young players are familiar with, there is no doubt that Terry will thrive in the environment created by Dallas Eakins and his coaching staff. He knows the style of hockey Eakins likes to play, and it has suited his development. Eakins is also aware of Terry’s strengths and how to utilize him for the betterment of his team.