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Anaheim 1st Round Picks: 2008-2018
By Richard Gonzalez
The Anaheim Ducks concluded their season with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. The Ducks (80 points) would finish sixth in the Pacific Division and 24th overall in the league standings. Prior to this season, the Ducks have consecutively made the playoffs since 2012. The NHL will conduct the draft lottery today April 9, 2019, at 5:00 P.M. on NBC to determine the draft order of the eliminated teams. The Ducks have a six percent chance at landing the first overall pick.
The NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 21-22. The first round picks will be on June 21, 2019, and rounds 2-7 will be Saturday, June 22, 2019. Here is a list of the last few years of first round draft picks and some other notable signings starting from 2008.
Jake Gardiner (17th overall) was selected. He did not play a game with the Ducks. On February 9, 2011, Gardiner, Joffrey Lupul and a fourth-round pick were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Francois Beauchemin. Another notable signing was Justin Schultz, who was selected in the second round (43rd overall). Schultz opted not to sign with the Ducks and on July 1, 2012, he signed with the Edmonton Oilers. On February 2016, Schultz was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is currently still with the Penguins and has played in 29 games scoring 15 points (2 goals and 13 assists).
Peter Holland (15th overall) and Kyle Palmieri (26th overall) were selected. Holland played in 29 games with the Ducks scoring seven points (5 goals and 2 assists). On November 16, 2013, Holland along with Brad Staubitz, were traded to the Maple Leafs in exchange for a second-round pick (Marcus Pettersson) and re-acquired the Ducks seventh-round draft pick (Ondrej Kase). He currently is with the Chicago Blackhawks organization and will become a free agent on July 1st if he is not re-signed.
Palmieri played in 198 games with the Ducks scoring 89 points (43 goals and 46 assists). On June 27, 2015, Palmieri was traded to the New Jersey Devils for a second and third round picks. The second round pick was used as part of the Carl Hagelin deal and a third-round pick was used in the Jamie McGinn deal. Palmieri is currently still with the Devils where he has played in 74 games this season scoring 50 points (27 goals and 23 assists).
Sami Vatanen, who was selected in the fourth round (106 overall) was the last remaining Ducks player from this draft prior to him being traded to the Devils.
Cam Fowler (12th overall) and Emerson Etem (29th overall) were selected. Fowler has played in every season with the Ducks since being drafted. He has played in 620 games scoring 272 points (58 goals and 214 assists). On July 1, 2017, Fowler signed an eight-year contract extension with the Ducks, which includes a modified trade clause. Fowler can submit a four-team trade list.
Etem has played for the Ducks on two separate occasions totaling 115 games and scoring 31 points (15 goals and 16 assists). On June 27, 1015, Etem and a second round pick (Florida’s) was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Hagelin, the Rangers second-round pick (Julius Naatinen) and a sixth-round pick (Garrett Metcalf). Etem is currently with the Kings organization and is set to become a free agent on July 1.
Rickard Rakell (30th overall) was selected. Rakell has played in 382 games with the Ducks scoring 241 points (114 goals and 127 assists). He had a career-high season in 2017-18 when he scored 69 points (34 goals and 35 assists) in 77 games. On October 14, 2016, Rakell signed a six-year contract extension worth approximately $22,800.00 He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. Another notable signing was John Gibson, who was selected in the second round, 39th overall. This was also the first draft in Ducks history where each person selected played at least one game in the NHL. Rakell with the most with 382 games and Max Friberg with the least with six games.
Hampus Lindholm (6th overall) was selected. Lindholm has played in 447 games with the Ducks scoring 171 points (48 goals and 123 assists). On Oct. 27, 2016, he signed a six-year contract extension worth approximately $31,500.00. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2021-22 season. Lindholm being selected at sixth overall is the highest draft pick since 2005 when the Ducks selected Bobby Ryan with the second overall pick.
Shea Theodore (26th overall) was selected. He played in 53 games with the Ducks scoring 17 points (5 goals and 12 assists). On June 21, 2017, he was traded to the Las Vegas Golden Knights during the expansion draft. The Golden Knights would go on to select Clayton Stoner as a consideration for the trade. Theodore is currently still with the Golden Knights where he has played in 79 games scoring 37 points (12 goals and 25 assists).
Nick Ritchie (10th overall) was selected. Ritchie has played in 246 games with the Ducks scoring 90 points (35 goals and 55 assists). On October 18, 2018, he signed a three-year contract extension worth approximately $4,600.000. He is set to become a restricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2020-21 season. Another notable pick was Kase. He was selected in the seventh round, 205th overall.
Jacob Larsson (27th overall) was selected. He has played in 53 games with the Ducks scoring five assists. He also has played with the Ducks affiliate team, the San Diego Gulls for 19 games this season scoring five assists as well. Larsson will become a restricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. Another notable signing was Troy Terry who was picked up in the fifth round,148th overall.
Max Jones (24th overall) and Sam Steel (30th overall) were selected. Max Jones has played in 30 games with the Ducks scoring 5 points (2 goals and 3 assists). He also has 30 hits in those 30 games. Steel has played in 22 games scoring 11 points (6 goals and 5 assists). They both will become restricted free agents at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season. Another notable signing was Josh Mahura, who has played in 17 games this season scoring five points (goals and 4 assists).
The Ducks 2017 first round pick went to the Dallas Stars as part of the conditions of the Patrick Eaves deal. Therefore, the Ducks did not select in the first round. The Stars traded that pick to the Blackhawks who selected Henri Jokiharju. A notable signing from this draft was Max Comtois, who was selected in the second, round 50th overall. Comtois has played in 10 games with the Ducks scoring 7 points (2 goals and 5 assists). He scored his first goal on his first shift and on his first shot.
Isac Lundestrom (23 overall) was selected. He has played in 15 games with the Ducks this season getting two assists. Lundestrom played in 12 games with the Gulls, scoring 6 assists. He was on loan to Lulea of the Swedish Hockey League where he has nine points 9 (2 goals and 7 assists) in 17 games.
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April 9th, 2019