The Anaheim Ducks locked up one of their promising young players for the next three seasons. The Ducks re-signed right-winger Troy Terry to a three-year extension worth $4.35 million.
Terry was picked in the fifth-round of the 2015 NHL Draft, and has 28 points in 81 career games. The 22-year-old finished the 2019-20 season with 15 points in 47 games, before being re-assigned to the AHL for the stretch drive
General manager Bob Murray’s original plan to give Terry some playoff games with the San Diego Gulls was thwarted due to the pandemic. Terry could have played big minutes in the postseason for the Gulls after recording 57 points in 55 games with San Diego over two seasons.
Although he struggled with his confidence in the NHL, Terry flashed his potential with the Gulls scoring at a rate higher than a point a game. He will have to be more assertive to be an impact NHL player.
“I took a lot more shots,” Terry said in an earlier interview with the OC Register. “I was taking it more into my hands. When they sent me down, it hurt me, but I’m proud of the way I responded down there. I did my job down there. It was part of the growing pains, I guess. When I went to San Diego, I had more of an attitude.”
The Ducks are looking to get younger while continuing to retool an aging roster. Terry will be given every opportunity to be a regular NHL’er next season, but he will have to continue to improve this offseason.
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