Anaheim Ducks: Prospect Preview
The Anaheim Ducks have a good amount of young players on their roster and young prospects ready or getting ready to make the roster. This will cause almost an inner-war for roster spots for the next coming years. In the long run this can help a team get even better as the players strive for those roster spots, but you may see players wanting out to get to a team where roster spots are more available. Below is the Anaheim Prospect Depth Chart. Though the definition of a prospect is not defined, to me a prospect is below the age of 26, and under 100 games played in the NHL, or 50 games for a goaltender. Yes, this means some of the more solidified young guns make the cut, but until they have shown a good enough sample size to prove their worth is consistent they should still be deemed a prospect. Players have flopped in their sophomore seasons before after all.
ANAHEIM PROSPECT DEPTH CHART
Left Wing – Center – Right Wing
Nick Ritchie (CHL) – William Karlsson (Pro) – Emerson Etem (Pro)
Patrick Maroon (Pro) – Nicolas Kerdiles (Pro) – Rickard Rakell (Pro)
Kevin Roy (NCAA) – Louis Leblanc (Pro) – Stefan Noesen (Pro)
Max Friberg (Pro) – Antoine Laganiere (Pro) – Nick Sorensen (CHL)
Andre Petersson (Pro) – Charles Sarault (Pro) – Chris Wagner (Pro)
Hampus Lindholm (Pro) – Sami Vatanen (Pro)
Shea Theodore (CHL) – Marcus Pettersson (Euro)
Brandon Montour (USHL) -Andy Welinski (NCAA)
Kevin Lind (NCAA) – Jesse Blacker (Pro)
John Gibson (Pro)
Frederik Andersen (Pro)
Igor Bobkov (Pro)
The Ducks are full of depth, so making the roster is not an easy one, but most of that depth is in the form of prospects, so it is doable. Emerson Etem has been trying to make the roster for a couple years now and has a solid chance to make it this year. As well as a few players who have been attempting to for a year or so now including Rickard Rakell, William Karlsson, Max Friberg and Nicolas Kerdiles. Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm, John Gibson and Frederik Anderson should all be locks to make the roster as of right now. Nick Ritchie was the 1st round pick of the Ducks this year and could actually make the roster with his big size and smart play.
The Ducks have not added many new prospects this offseason, though they did trade for Louis Leblanc who was a 1st round pick of the Montreal Canadiens. From there they drafted Nick Ritchie (1st-10th), Marcus Pettersson (2nd-38th), Brandon Montour (2nd-55th), Matthew Berkovitz (5th-123rd), and Ondrej Kase (7th-205th).
There are a few dark horse prospects in the Ducks organization. One of those dark horses is Stefan Noesen, previous 1st round pick of the Ottawa Senators, who came over to the Anaheim Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Noesen suffered an injury last year that caused him to only play a handful of games. He is expected to be back this season and could surprise some. He is a strong forward which attracted the eyes of the Ducks. Some believe he was the true target in the Ryan trade, not Jakub Silfverberg. Another dark horse is a 1st round pick as well, but for the Habs, Louis Leblanc. Louis was brought over in a trade this offseason after many years of struggling in the Habs system playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs. Leblanc makes up for his lack of size with skill and a change of scenery might be all he needs to break out.
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