Drafting Skill: Anaheim Ducks

Recent Draft History – Evaluating the first 3 rounds of the last 5 Drafts for each team. I’ve left out 2016, as it’s way too early to tell on 95% of the picks. Instead, this will be examining drafts from 2011 to 2015.

Anaheim Ducks

2011 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Rickard Rakell (C) 30th overall – Traded their own 1st rounder to Toronto for this pick, plus the 39th overall pick. HUGE win for Anaheim, as Rakell and Gibson are both stars of the team now, while Toronto ended up with the awful Tyler Biggs. Rakell has played in 236 games since being drafted, and just scored 30 goals this past season. Absolute steal at 30th overall in the draft here for the Ducks.

Round 2 – John Gibson (G) 39th overall – Gibson has progressed into the start every team hopes for, playing already in 118 games and winning 62 of them. He had another great year, with a SV% of 0.924 and a GAA of 2.22. No better pick for the Ducks here than Gibson.

Round 2 – William Karlsson (C) 53rd overall – Karlsson has played in 183 NHL games, scoring 50 points. Those are low numbers, but for a mid-2nd round pick, it’s fairly good. He was recently claimed by Vegas in the draft and will get a fresh start there. Many teams missed out on Nikita Kucherov in this round, as he was taken 6 picks later than Karlsson.

Round 3 – Joseph Cramarossa (C) 65th overall – Received this pick from the Islanders for James Wisniewski. Cramarossa was claimed by Vancouver off of waivers this year, putting an end to his brief stint in Anaheim. He’s only appeared in 59 NHL games, all coming this season, with only 10 points. Doesn’t look to be an everyday NHL player, other than for depth purposes.

Round 3 – Andrew Welinski (D) 83rd overall – Welinski doesn’t look like he’s an NHL d-man, having yet to skate in a game. Anaheim is loaded on the blueline as well, putting him further down the list of players expected to get a call. Missed opportunity here to add a good prospect, or player, by Anaheim.

Note: Josh Manson 6th round. Manson has played in 181 NHL games to date, and his stock has grown exponentially this season. He’s part of the bright future in Anaheim, and is exactly what every NHL team wants – a right-handed, puck-moving defenseman. Absolute steal by Anaheim down in the 6th round.

2012 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Hampus Lindholm (D) 6th overall – Lindholm has developed into a top-pairing d-man, one worthy of his spot at 6th overall. I think this is a great pick by Anaheim, as he’s played over 300 games and scored over 100 points while doing so. He’s got a bright future, one that many would love to have on their team.

Round 2 – Nicolas Kerdiles (LW) 36th overall – Kerdiles hasn’t progressed as expected, playing in only 1 NHL game to date. Looking back, the Ducks had better options at this point in the draft, with a handful of better players taken closely after him in the draft.

Round 3 – Frederik Andersen (G) 87th overall – Andersen battled with Gibson over the years for the starter’s role before being traded last offseason to Toronto for a 1st round pick in 2016 and a 2nd round in 2017. What a steal by Anaheim to find him in the third round, as he’s amassed 110 wins to-date in the NHL.

2013 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Shea Theodore (D) 26th overall – Theodore was traded to Vegas this offseason, to keep them from taking someone else from Anaheim. He played in 34 NHL games this year, and looked great while doing so. I firmly believe he’s a future top-pairing d-man, and while Anaheim is packed with d-men already, I think they gave up on him far too early.

Round 2 – Nick Sorensen (RW) 45th overall – Sorensen played the majority of the year at the AHL level, appearing in only 5 NHL games. He looks to be next in line for a regular spot on the roster however, which is a good sign 4 years after being drafted.

Round 3 – Keaton Thompson (D) 87th overall – Played most of the year at the AHL level, but also made a stint in the ECHL. The two picks after him look like they have a much brighter future, in Anton Slepyshev and Oliver Bjorkstrand, therefore I would view this as a poor pick.

2014 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Nick Ritchie (LW) 10th overall – Received this pick with Jakob Silfverberg and Stefan Noesen from Ottawa for Bobby Ryan. The Ducks clearly won that trade, by a mile, especially after trading their own 1st rounder in a package deal including Nick Bonino, to Vancouver for Ryan Kesler. Ritchie has struggled to find his offensive game at the NHL level so far early in his career, but has played in 110 NHL games to date. Anaheim would perhaps want this one back, to be able to take a young scorer like David Pastrnak for example.

Round 2 – Marcus Pettersson (D) 38th overall – Received this pick from Toronto for Peter Holland essentially, plus the 7th round pick used on Ondrej Kase. Petterson played this season in Sweden, scoring 9 points in 47 games. Not great numbers for a young defender, but it’s early to discount the pick yet. The Ducks will likely want him over in North America to get used to the different game sooner than later, and with the depth they have on D, there’s no rush for him to make the jump to the NHL.

Round 2 – Brandon Montour (D) 55th overall – Montour has developed into an NHL defender quicker than most do who are chosen in the 2nd round, playing in 27 NHL games this year, and appearing in all 17 of their playoff games. He’s a lock to make the team next season out of camp, and has a bright future ahead of him. Great pick by Anaheim here in the 2nd round.

Round 3 – Pick was traded as part of the Ryan Kesler deal.

Note: Ondrej Kase drafted in the 7th round. Kase was the 6th last pick of the draft, and appeared in 53 NHL games this year, scoring 15 points. That’s amazing for a 7th round pick, and the Ducks hope he can continue to grow off of this.

2015 NHL Entry Draft

Round 1 – Jacob Larsson (D) 27th overall – Another good defense prospect for the Ducks, as they seem keen on building a deep foundation of defenders. They already have one of the best groups in the league, and Larsson will likely add to that in the future. He played in 4 NHL games this year, while also making appearances in the AHL and the Swedish League. He’s got a bright future ahead of him in Anaheim, great pick.

Round 2 – Julius Nattinen (C) 59th overall – Nattinen didn’t have a good year in the OHL this year, with only 38 points in 51 games. Those are weak numbers for a 20 year old, especially in a high-offensive league. This is shaping up to be a poor pick by Anaheim, one of their rare misses.

Round 3 – Brent Gates (C) 80th overall – Received this pick from Columbus with James Wisniewski for Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a 2nd round pick. Gates had a good year in the NCAA, scoring 14 goals in 37 games. He’ll likely stay there next season at the very least, before the Ducks want him to make the jump to the AHL. He looks like a prospect with a bright future, as he improved from 7 points to 21 in comparing his last 2 seasons.

Round 3 – Deven Sideroff (RW) 84th overall – Sideroff had a good final year in the WHL, with 78 points (36 goals) in 67 games. Those are great numbers, especially for a 3rd round pick. He appeared in 3 AHL games this year, and that’s where he’ll start next year. He’s got the tools to make him a great player in the future, and the size to go along with it. Good pick late by Anaheim

Overall, the Ducks have had great success in drafting impact players. They’ve built their solid foundation through the draft, and possess one of the deeper prospect pools, especially on the backend, in all of the NHL. They look like they’ll be a team to watch for many years to come.

 

Sources: Hockeydb.com; http://prosportstransactions.com/hockey/

 

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