Troy Terry is flying with the Ducks; is he for real?

Troy Terry was a 5th round selection in the 2015 Draft. Before making his NHL debut in the 2017-18 season, he helped Team USA win the World Junior Championships. The kid from Denver, Colorado was building up a winning resume between the NCAA and International competition.

However, that did not transition well for the first three seasons of his NHL career.

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Troy Terry has put it all together

In his rookie year (2018-19), Terry played only 32 games and registered 13 points. His sophomore season was cut short due to the COVID pandemic in 2019-20 as he managed 15 points in 47 contests. Last year was also ho-hum with only 20 points in 48 games played.

That was then, this is now.

Last night, the 24 year-old forward scored two goals and added an assist to extend his point streak to 13 games. That’s also the longest streak in the NHL.

Terry used Kraken defenseman Mark Giordano as a screen to get one past Philipp Grubauer to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead. He then added an insurance marker into an empty-net to seal the 7-4 victory, Anaheim’s 6th straight win.

This season, Terry has 19 points in 14 games. That’s good for 4th on the leaderboard for points with only Alex Ovechkin (22), Leon Draisaitl (24), and Connor McDavid (26) ahead of him. Pretty good company.

His 11 goals have him tied with Ovechkin for 2nd in the NHL, with only Draisatil’s 12 ahead of him.

Is Troy Terry for real?

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Oct 31, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) speaks with center Troy Terry (19) during a stoppage in play in the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The question some folks are asking is if Terry’s scoring is for real?

“[Terry] is playing the right way,” Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “It’s ultimately what we’ve been working on for the last year and a half. Basically, it’s his understanding situations in the game … as you get better, as you get more confident with the puck, you’re able to make more plays, but ultimately, he’s making those little plays that change the game, changing momentum and allow him space. And obviously, he’s got the confidence right now in finishing.”

That’s high praise from the Ducks All-Time leading scorer and linemate.

Terry is getting the necessary minutes and opportunities to keep this up. He has 3 power play goals on the year, and he’s making the most of his time with the man-advantage.

All signs point to Terry being the real deal and someone to watch with the Ducks this season.