NHL: Trevor Zegras on the mend, Jackets sign Nolan Lalonde, and more

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Jan 27, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (46) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates right wing Troy Terry (19) and defenseman Jamie Drysdale (34) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks are calling forward Trevor Zegras “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury after getting hit high and hard by Arizona Coyotes’ Jan Jenik on September 28.

The 21 year-old participated in the morning skate on Sunday and appears to be doing fine.

Trevor Zegras on the mend

Zegras was the 9th overall pick in 2019 Draft and got his first taste of the NHL last season. He finished with 61 points on the strength of 23 goals in 75 games in 2021-22.

In the Ducks 3-1 win over the Yotes, Zegras was caught in open ice during the second period by forward Jan Jenik. He’s fortunate the injury wasn’t as bad as the hit looked.

“He got dinged,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said of Zegras. “It was obviously a very hard hit. You never like to see your player go down like that. I thought our team – especially Adam Henrique – had the appropriate response.”

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Ducks ink Nathan Beaulieu

Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu turned his PTO into a standard contract with the Ducks on Saturday. The deal is for one-year, one-way at $850,000.

Beaulieu, 29, has registered 94 career points in 419 games split with Winnipeg, Buffalo and Montreal. So far in preseason action he has a goal in three preseason games.

Blue Jackets sign Nolan Lalonde

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed 18-year-old goaltender Nolan Lalonde to a three-year, entry-level contract on Sunday.

A free-agent invitee to training camp, Lalonde is 0-0-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in two preseason games.

Lalonde went 24-25-3 with a 3.62 GAA and an .877 save percentage with one shutout in 54 games last season for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Blue Jackets open the regular season on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 12.

–Field Level Media contributed the Blue Jackets news