Jamie Drysdale- It was surprising to see Drysdale as the second defenseman picked in the draft but he’ll be a key piece for the Ducks for a long time. He’s likely to become a top-pairing defenseman on the right side of Anaheim’s defense group.
Jacob Perreault- Perreault slipped to 27th overall and Anaheim made a good decision in not letting him wait any longer to hear his name called. He had 70 points in 57 OHL games and could certainly become a top-six right winger.
Sam Colangelo- The 6-foot-2, 207-pound right winger played with the Chicago Steel this year, where he scored 28 goals and 58 points in 44 games. Colangelo was expected to spend the 2020-21 season with Northeastern University in the NCAA.
Ian Moore- Moore, a right-handed defenseman, spent the year playing high school hockey, where he had 46 points in 28 games. He’s listed at 6-foot-3, however, just 165 pounds.
Thimo Nickl- Nickl is a right-handed defenseman who played with the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs this past season. In 58 games, he scored 10 goals and 39 points.
Artyom Galimov- He’ll be one of the oldest players to go in this draft, being selected at 21 years old. Galimov had 23 points in 55 KHL games last season and has already scored three goals and seven points in 12 games this year.
Albin Sundsvik- Sundsvik is a 19-year-old center, who spent the majority of his season in the SHL. He scored one goal and four points in 38 games.
Ethan Bowen- The Ducks traded in order to select Bowen, a center, with the 207th pick. He played in the BCHL this season, though his numbers were quite low, scoring just 12 goals and 31 points in 41 games.
I really liked the Ducks first round but that’s all I can really comment on, given that of the players drafted by Anaheim, I’ve only really watched Drysdale or Perreault enough to form an opinion on. Drysdale is exactly what the team needed, while Perreault could end up as a steal at 27th overall. If all goes well, the Ducks may have walked out of the first round with a future top-pairing defenseman and top-six winger.
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Here’s today’s poll question (results and discussion will be posted in a future article):