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Former Ducks In The Playoffs
By Richard Gonzalez
The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs are underway and there has been some great hockey played already. Every top team got knocked out by their wild-card counterparts.
The Anaheim Ducks still have quite some time before any news or games played. So who are you rooting for to win the Stanley Cup? The Underdogs? Your second favorite team? How about some former Ducks players to follow and cheer for?
Here is a current list of each former Ducks player who is playing in the second round.
Western Conference Players:
Dallas Stars: The Stars have Andrew Cogliano, Anton Khudobin and Ben Lovejoy. Lovejoy was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in July of 2008. He was eventually was traded to the Ducks on Feb. 6, 2013, for the Penguins’ fifth-round draft pick. Lovejoy played 150 games with the Ducks scoring 39 points (6 goals and 33 assists). Lovejoy was traded back to the Penguins on March 2, 2015, in exchange for Simon Despres.
Khudobin was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh-round (206th overall). After playing with the Wild, Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes, Khudobin was traded to the Ducks by the Hurricanes in exchange for James Wisniewski. Khudobin played in nine games with the Ducks starting in seven games (3 wins and 3 losses) with a .909 save percentage and a 2.69 GAA. Khudobin returned to the Bruins through free agency at the conclusion of the Ducks season.
Cogliano was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first-round (25th overall). On July 12, 2011, Cogliano was traded to the Ducks for a second-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft. Cogliano played in 584 games with the Ducks scoring 233 points (103 goals and 130 assists). Cogliano was traded to the Stars on Jan. 14, 2019, in exchange for Devin Shore.
The St. Louis Blues: The Blues have Pat Maroon, David Perron, and Michael Del Zotto. Maroon was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth-round (161st overall). The Flyers organization were reportedly upset about the Maroon’s conditioning, which led him being traded to the Ducks along with David Laliberte in exchange for Rob Bordson and Danny Syvret. Maroon played in 204 games with the Ducks scoring 79 points (26 goals and 53 assists). The Ducks traded Maroon to the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 29, 2016, in exchange for Martin Gernat and a fourth-round pick (Jack Kopacka) in the 2016 draft.
Perron was drafted by the Blues in the first-round (26th overall) in the 2007 draft. Perron spent time with the Oilers and Penguins before being traded to the Ducks on Jan. 16, 2016, in exchange for Carl Hagelin. Perron played 28 games with the Ducks scoring 20 points (8 goals and 12 assists). At the conclusion of the season with the Ducks, Perron decided to re-sign with his original club, the Blues.
Del Zotto was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first-round (20th overall) of the 2008 draft. Del Zotto played with the Nashville Predators, Flyers, and the Vancouver Canucks. On Jan. 16, 2019, Del Zotto was traded to the Ducks in exchange for Luke Schenn from the Canucks. Del Zotto played in 12 games with the Ducks scoring three assists. The Ducks traded Del Zotto to the Blues on Feb. 25, 2019, in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick(TBD )in the 2020 draft.
Eastern Conference Players:
New York Islanders: Luca Sbisa was drafted by the Flyers in the first round (19th overall). He has played with the Canucks and the Las Vegas Golden Knights. On June 26, 2009, Sbisa was traded to the Ducks along with Joffrey Lupul, a 2009 first round pick and a 2010 first round pick (Emerson Etem). The 2009 pick was traded in the draft for the San Jose Sharks’ first-round pick (Kyle Palmieri) and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ second-round pick (Mat Clark). Sbisa played in 227 games with the Ducks scoring 49 points (9 goals 40 assists). The Ducks traded Sbisa to the Canucks along with Nick Bonino, a first and third-round picks in the 2014 draft on June 27, 2014, in exchange for Ryan Kesler and a third-round pick (Deven Sideroff) in the 2015 draft.
Carolina Hurricanes: Curtis McElhinney was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the sixth-round (176th overall) in the 2002 draft. He has played with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix “Arizona” Coyotes, and the Hurricanes. On March 3, 2010, he was traded to the Ducks from the Flames in exchange for Vesa Toskala. McElhinney played in 31 games with the Ducks (23 wins, 11 losses, and 10 OT losses) with a .899 save percentage and 3.20 goals against average. The Ducks traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 24, 2011, in exchange for Dan Ellis.
Boston Bruins: Chris Wagner was drafted by the Ducks in the fifth-round (122nd overall) in the 2010 draft. Wagner was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Avalanche before being re-claimed back from the Ducks. Wagner played in 133 games with the Ducks scoring 24 points (12 goals and 12 assists). The Ducks traded Wagner to the Islanders on Feb. 26, 2018, in exchange for Jason Chimera.
So which former Ducks player would you like to see hoist the Stanley Cup?
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April 28th, 2019