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Ducks Potential Draft Targets

Photo: ČTK/Paprskář Pavel

By Eddy Jones

In the second article of my draft coverage the focus will mostly be on who the Ducks can draft with their two second round picks and their third-round pick. According to thedraftanalyst.com the Ducks will draft at #50, #61, and #92 in the first three rounds. The list is comprised of mostly forwards because that’s what I believe the Ducks are looking to add to their prospect pool. A couple defenseman are sprinkled into the list in case they decide to go that route. No goalies where selected as I believe if they decide to draft a goalie it will be after Round 3. Information was pulled from DraftSite, The Draft Analyst, and Future Considerations for player profiles and descriptions. If you want to see more in-depth profiles from the experts then head on over to those sites!

2nd Round Pick – #50 Overall

Filip Chytil (HC Zlin – Czech)

BIRTHDAY 1999-09-05 BIRTHPLACE
AGE 17 NATION Czech Rep
POSITION LW/C SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 184 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 81 kg / 179 lbs

 

Crafty two-way winger with tremendous offensive ability. Has speed to make defenders think twice and has some soft hands to make them pay too. Needs to add strength before he can make the jump, but has the tools to be an impactful player once he does. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Chytil was ranked 47.3 on average, as high as 33 and as low as 79. There is a chance he will be available at #50 and the Ducks could use a quality goal-scoring winger in their system.

Alexei Lipanov (HK MVD Balashikha – MHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-08-17 BIRTHPLACE Moskva, RUS
AGE 17 NATION Russia
POSITION C SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 184 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 77 kg / 170 lbs

 

A dynamic skater who uses excellent footspeed and agility to blow by defenders. Lipanov is extremely gifted offensively and can create plays out of seemingly nothing. Most of the focus on Lipanov is on his offense but he can help defensively when needed. Like most prospects he needs to build up his strength to compete at higher levels. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Lipanov was ranked 47.9 on average, as high as 29 and as low as 60. The Ducks already drafted a creative centre in Sam Steel last year but Lipanov might be hard to pass on if available.

Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings-WHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-06-14 BIRTHPLACE Winnipeg, MB, CAN
AGE 17 NATION Canada
POSITION C SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 185 cm / 6’1″ WEIGHT 88 kg / 194 lbs

 

Had a solid second year with Brandon in the WHL. A strong power forward who still has the necessary offensive skills to succeed. Possesses a powerful shot and above-average foot speed along with some grit. Responsible in his own end and battles hard on the forecheck. Took on a role he almost couldn’t fill on his own when Nolan Patrick went down with injuries. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Mattheos was ranked 48.4 on average, as high as 38 and as low as 62. Another centre the Ducks would love to have in their system and maybe something they haven’t had since Ryan Getzlaf. I know that’s a stretch but this is a big right-handed centre who can put up points.

Jesper Boqvist (Brynäs IF -SHL)

BIRTHDAY 1998-10-30 BIRTHPLACE Falun, SWE
AGE 18 NATION Sweden
POSITION C/W SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 182 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 81 kg / 179 lbs

 

Boqvist has been a goal scoter at pretty much every level. Possess an adept set of offensive skills and along with the ability the change pace at the blink of an eye. His speed and offensive abilities are the reason he is slated to goes as high as an early 2nd round pick. However, his all-around game could use some work and he lacks any significant size or strength currently. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Boqvist was ranked 50.7 on average, as high as 36 and as low as 64.

Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie – OHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-05-14 BIRTHPLACE Barrie, ON, CAN
AGE 18 NATION Canada
POSITION C SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 183 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 77 kg / 170 lbs

 

Frost is the complete package in all three zones. A pass first, playmaking centre who reads the game extremely well and has the tendency to draw in opposing defenders before delivering a key pass. Works hard in the defensive zone and will throw the body around if necessary. Needs development to really achieve his potential but has all the tools to be a quality NHL centerman. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Frost was ranked 53.1 on average, as high as 39 and as low as 71.

Alex Formenton (London Knights – OHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-09-13 BIRTHPLACE King City, ON, CAN
AGE 17 NATION Canada
POSITION LW SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 185 cm / 6’1″ WEIGHT 72 kg / 159 lbs

 

Formenton could be one of the best skaters in the draft and for a guy who is 6’1’’ that’s even more impressive. His elite speed combined with his grit and budding offensive gifts make him a developmental project worth taking on. His shot lacks power and his passing lacks creativity but he should have more chances to develop those skills when he gets more ice time with the Knights next season. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Formenton was ranked 56.6 on average, as high as 37 and as low as 72.

Robin Salo (Sport – Liiga)

BIRTHDAY 1998-10-13 BIRTHPLACE Espoo, FIN
AGE 18 NATION Finland
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 184 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 84 kg / 185 lbs

 

The type of defender the Ducks could use in their system if they decided to go this route. A guy who does everything but project more as a solid defensive pivot. Has excellent positioning and reads the game exceptionally well. Has a bomb of a slap-shot and can stick handle himself out of tight situations. Has the ability to make quality passes out of his own zone and create chances. Has the potential to be a solid top four defenseman in the NHL in time. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Salo was ranked 58.9 on average, as high as34 and as low as 90.

Scott Reedy (USNTDP Juniors – USHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-04-04 BIRTHPLACE Prior Lake, MN, USA
AGE 18 NATION USA
POSITION C/RW SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 185 cm / 6’1″ WEIGHT 92 kg / 203 lbs

 

A pure goal-scorer with the size to be a real power forward threat in the NHL. He is ranked as high as a late 1st round pick in some mock drafts so he could be a real gem if available this late. Possesses some great foot speed and agility and can dominate games with his physical play. Can pick out a pass from any area on the ice and plays hard in his own end. If he continues to score goals at each level he progresses through he has significant potential. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Reedy was ranked 62.0 on average, as high as 28 and as low as 100.

Marcus Davidsson (Djurgårdens IF – SHL)

BIRTHDAY 1998-11-18 BIRTHPLACE Tyresö, SWE
AGE 18 NATION Sweden
POSITION C/W SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 184 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 87 kg / 192 lbs

 

A very reliable Swedish two-way centreman. Uses his speed to create offense but doesn’t posses any dominate offensive abilities yet. Not overly physical but is a hard worker and commits to defensive responsibilities in his own end. Needs to add strength before he can be a dominate centre in the NHL. Also needs to work on his shot, although he has a quick release, he lacks deadly accuracy and power behind his shot. However, he is a venture worth taking on and projects as a solid Top 6 centreman. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Davidsson was ranked 45.3 on average, as high as 30 and as low as 59.

2nd Round Pick – #61 Overall

Alexander Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s – OHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-06-09 BIRTHPLACE Huntington Beach, CA
AGE 17 NATION USA / Ukraine
POSITION C SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 183 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 85 kg / 187 lbs

 

An offensive force with the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL. Possesses an accurate shot and high-end playmaking abilities. His puck handling gets him out of tough areas and has the speed and creativity to create space and set up his teammates. Does a lot of damage on the powerplay and is working on developing a two-way game. Some evaluations of Chmelevski stated that he had a tendency to be a complete passenger in some games and a dynamic threat in others. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Chmelevski was ranked 59.1 on average, as high as 45 and as low as 69.

Ostap Safin (HC Sparta Praha U20 – Czech U20)

BIRTHDAY 1999-02-11 BIRTHPLACE Praha, CZE
AGE 18 NATION Czech Rep.
POSITION F SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 194 cm / 6’4″ WEIGHT 90 kg / 198 lbs

 

A prototypical power forward who uses his size to protect the puck and drive the net. For such a huge player, Safin still manages to generate some admirable speed on the rush and possesses a powerful shot with a quick release that can fool a lot of goaltenders. He needs to develop his two-way game and use his size to his advantage more. However, those are things that can be taught and power forwards are still a valuable commodity in the NHL. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Safin was ranked 63.9 on average, as high as 51 and as low as 88.

Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting – OHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-05-11 BIRTHPLACE Bratislava, SVK
AGE 18 NATION Slovakia
POSITION C/W SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 194 cm / 6’4″ WEIGHT 95 kg / 209 lb

 

Turned it on offensively in the final stretch of the season with Sarnia. Has confidence moving the puck and uses his size and reach to his advantage. Uses his size to protect the puck and throw the occasional big hit along the boards. Creativity is an issue and his speed isn’t outstanding but, he has the size and skillset to become a solid power forward in the future. Another project for whoever decides to draft and develop him as a player. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Ruzicka was ranked 72.6 on average, as high as 51 and as low as 106.

Jarret Tyszka (Seattle Thunderbirds – WHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-03-15 BIRTHPLACE Langley, BC, CAN
AGE 18 NATION Canada
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 191 cm / 6’3″ WEIGHT 87 kg / 192 lbs

 

The second defensemen on our list and another two-way defenseman with solid positioning and the tendency to stay-at-home most of the time. First pass is good, and can pick a teammate out when on the powerplay. Developing into a solid two-way defenseman but the offense has a long way to go. He is an average skater and his shot isn’t outstanding but he has the hockey sense to put the puck in the right areas. Needs to add muscle to fill out his frame, but that will come in time. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Tyszka was ranked 70.0 on average, as high as 56 and as low as 85.

Jake Leschyshyn (Regina Pats – WHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-03-10  BIRTHPLACE Grasswood, SK, CAN
AGE 18 NATION Canada
POSITION C SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 180 cm / 5’11” WEIGHT 82 kg / 181 lbs

 

This guy competes. I watched a lot of Regina Pats games this year to keep tabs on Sam Steel and Leschyshyn was a guy that stood out, not for any flashy plays or outstanding skill but for the fact that he was seemingly everyone on the ice. Uses his speed to his advantage to get in on the forecheck, go to the net, or to get back quickly and help teammates in his own end. A future energy player in the NHL, Leschyshyn makes his home in front of the net, getting a stick on anything he can. Also possesses a quality shot of his own. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Leschyshyn was ranked 62.9 on average, as high as 52 and as low as 87.

Lukas Elvenes (Rögle BK J20 – SuperElit)

BIRTHDAY 1999-08-18 BIRTHPLACE Ängelholm, SWE
AGE 17 NATION Sweden
POSITION RW SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 184 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 79 kg / 174 lbs

 

Skill is something you can’t always teach and this kid has bundles of it. Loves, loves, loves to make the fancy plays and has the hands to pull them off. An offensively gifted winger with explosive speed and fantastic edgework. The offensive tools are there but Elvenes needs to work on his all-around game and add size to make it to the NHL. His goal scoring and play making abilities will get him far. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Elvenes was ranked 76.0 on average, as high as 44 and as low as 91.

3rd Round Pick – #92 Overall

Rickard Hugg (Leksands IF J20 – SuperElit)

BIRTHDAY 1999-01-18 BIRTHPLACE Hudiksvall, SWE
AGE 18 NATION Sweden
POSITION C/LW SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 179 cm / 5’10” WEIGHT 83 kg / 183 lbs

 

Versatile young Swedish forward with good hockey sense and playmaking abilities. Seems to always be in the right position and can be used in any situation. He has a good shot but needs to improve in his own end. The positioning is there but sometimes the commitment is lacking. Projects as a future two-way centreman. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Hugg was ranked 106.4 on average, as high as 66 and was undrafted in one of the mock drafts.

Fabian Zetterlund (Färjestad BK J20 – SuperElit)

BIRTHDAY 1999-08-25 BIRTHPLACE Karlstad, SWE
AGE 17 NATION Sweden
POSITION C/RW SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 180 cm / 5’11” WEIGHT 89 kg / 196 lbs

 

Had an impressive season with Färjestad in the SuperElit where he collected 36 points 40 games and an equally as impressive showing at the U18 World Championship where he had 5 points in 7 games. An offensive threat, but lacks physicality and defensive responsibility at times. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Zetterlund was ranked 105.4 on average, as high as 58 and was undrafted in one of the mock drafts.

Jonas Røndbjerg (Växjö Lakers HC J20 – SuperElit)

BIRTHDAY 1999-03-31 BIRTHPLACE
AGE 18 NATION Denmark
POSITION RW SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 184 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 80 kg / 176 lbs

 

Røndbjerg is a good combination of size, speed, skill and effort. Never backs down on a play and has the offensive capabilities to put the puck in the back of the net or find an open teammate. He plays centre and wing but, projects long term as a winger. Could benefit from adding more muscle but that’s common this late in the draft. The step up the playing in the SHL will prove if Røndbjerg has the strength to play against men. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Røndbjerg was ranked 97.9 on average, as high as 70 and was outside the top 100 in a few of the mock drafts.

Austin Keating (Ottawa 67’s – OHL)

BIRTHDAY 1999-03-07 BIRTHPLACE Guelph, ON, CAN
AGE 18 NATION Canada
POSITION C SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 183 cm / 6’0″ WEIGHT 77 kg / 170 lbs

 

According to Draft Analyst, “Keating picked up 32 primary points during 5v5, which is more than Isaac Ratcliffe, Ivan Lodnia, Alex Formenton, Nate Schnarr, and he more than doubled what teammate Sasha Chmelevski did at even strength”. Has the possibility to be a late round gem if he can continue to improve next season in the OHL. A fantastic playmaker with the ability to finish off play in and around the crease. A powerful but not overly fast skated. Tracks back defensively and despite not being excessively physical, he uses great body positioning and an active stick to win the puck. Another guy classified as an energy player, he was the tools to make it happen, just has to keep improving. Over the seven mock drafts analyzed Keating was ranked 106.9 on average, as high as 77 and was outside the top 100 in a few of the mock drafts.

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June 2nd, 2017

 


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