The NHL Draft is tomorrow and the Anaheim Ducks are set up well with two first-round picks. I’ve already done a series looking at who the Ducks could select with the sixth-overall pick and leading up to the draft, I’ll look at 11 prospects who the Ducks could select at 27th overall. I already released the first part of this series yesterday, which you can read here.
Before doing this, I created a list of 23 players who I think are unlikely to slip as far as 27th. Those players are: Lafreniere, Byfield, Stutzle, Raymond, Perfetti, Rossi, Drysdale, Holtz, Quinn, Sanderson, Askarov, Lundell, Mercer, Guhle, Jarvis, Zary, Holloway, Lapierre, Amirov, Schneider, Bourque, Gunler, Perreault.
If any of those players are available, the Ducks should have an easy pick. However, assuming they won’t be, here are the second set of players:
Grans is a right-handed defenseman who stands at 6-foot-3, though he does weigh just over 190 pounds. On a statistical basis, he certainly catches your eye, with 27 points in 27 games while playing in the J20 SuperElit last season and on top of that, he also played 21 games in the SHL at just 17 years old.
Grans has high offensive potential and most of his work happens from the point. However, he comes with downside as well, as he plays an offense-first game and can get caught out of position, leading to chances for the opposition. So while he may be able to produce offensively, if he can’t figure things out in his own end, he may never become an NHL defenseman.
By no means is Grans a safe pick but the Ducks could be getting a player with huge upside if they took a chance on him at 27th overall. It’s just a matter of whether they’d want to take that risk.
Greig is a fairly small left winger who scored 26 goals and 60 points in 56 games with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings.
He’s a hard forechecker who puts pressure on opposing defensemen and also has good enough hands to finish off a play when he’s alone against a goalie. Despite his size, Greig’s also not afraid to throw hits and play physically, as well as frustrating the opponent.
While his offensive ceiling may not be overly high, I think there’s a good chance Greig could be a very good third-line forward in the NHL. He may not be the most talented player available at 27th overall but he’d bring a style of game that many other players wouldn’t.
Neighbours is built like a tank, standing at just 5-foot-11 but already weighing 200 pounds at just 18 years old. This past year, the winger had 23 goals and 70 points in 64 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Neighbours has the ability to find players with some good passes on the rush and also has a very accurate shot. He’s also able to battle for ice in front of the net to put himself in a good position for a loose puck and is a very difficult player to move around.
Like Greig, Neighbours doesn’t have huge offensive potential but he could be a very good addition to the middle-six. I think he’d be a relatively good bet to end up in the NHL.
Mysak already had nine points in 26 games playing in the Czech professional league last year and also scored 15 goals and 25 points in 22 OHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. His point pace in the Czech league was almost identical to fellow Czech forward Martin Necas’ pace in his draft year.
He’s good at using his body to shield the puck to keep control and while Mysak’s skating is only decent, he’s comfortable leading a rush with the puck. Mysak can play both on the power play and penalty kill and is effective on both units.
If Mysak goes late in the first round or early in the second round like he’s projected to, I think he could end up being a steal for whoever takes him.
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Here’s today’s poll question (results and discussion will be posted in a future article):
Which player would you be in favour of the Ducks taking 27th overall?