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All Sixth-Round Draft Pick Team
By Richard Gonzalez
I am going to evaluate all of the sixth-round draft picks to determine an all -sixth-round draft pick line. To recap, here is the following criteria that will be used: I’m not going to include any pick lower than the seventh round, their professional experience will be the main determining factor starting with the NHL, AHL, and any other professional leagues they played for.
The Anaheim Ducks selected 21 sixth-round players out of a possible 27 picks. The Ducks selected three centers, three right-wingers, two left-wingers, 11 defensemen, and two goalies.
The all sixth-round draft pick Ducks line are the following:
D) Scott Valentine D) Josh Manson
G) Blaine Russel
LW) Trent Hunter was selected in the 1998 draft (150th overall) and is arguably the best player selected in the sixth-round by the Mighty Ducks. Hunter never played a game with the Ducks organization as he was traded to the New York Islanders on May 23, 2000, for a fourth-round draft pick. He played in 459 games scoring 229 points (99 goals and 130 points) in eight seasons with the Islanders. He was the third runner up for the Calder Trophy. He was later traded by the Islanders to the New Jersey Devils. He then was waived and bought out and would ultimately be signed by the Los Angeles kings. He played one more NHL season with the Kings scoring seven points (two goals and five assists) in 38 games. Hunter would play one last season with the Bentley Generals (Chinook HL) and won the Allen Cup Championship. He is retired from professional hockey.
C) Antti Aalto was selected in the 1993 draft (134th overall). He played in 69 games with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and scored 53 games (18 points and 35 points) in a span of two seasons. He also played in 151 games with the Mighty Ducks and scored 28 points (11 goals and 17 assists) in a span of four seasons. He also represented Finland in the World Cup and Internationally on several occasions. He last played for TPS (Liiga) in 2005-06 and is currently retired from playing professional hockey.
LW) Drew Miller was selected in the 2003 draft (186th overall). Miller played a total of 571 NHL games with the Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Detroit Redwings. He played 53 of those games with the Ducks, including a total of 16 in the playoffs. Three of those playoff games were part of the 2006-07 Stanley Cup Champion team. He was traded to the Lightning in exchange for Evgeny Artyukhin. He last played for Brynas IF Gavle (SweHL) in 2017-18. He’s retired from professional hockey.
D) Scott Valentine was selected in the 2009 draft (166th overall). He never played an NHL game but skated in 239 AHL games with the Milwaukee Admirals and the Texas Star. He scored 43 points (13 goals and 30 assists) in a span of four seasons. Since 2015-16, Valentine has played in 223 games with the Krefeld Pinguine (DEL) and Augsburger Panthers (DEL). He has scored 54 points (15 goals and 39 assists) in a span of five seasons and is still currently active as a professional hockey player.
D) Josh Manson was selected in the 2011 draft (160th overall). He played in 45 games with the Ducks AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, and a total of 13 points (four goals and nine assists). He is currently holding a top-four spot with the Ducks, where he has played in 385 games and scored 97 points (21 goals and 76 assists) in a span of six seasons. He is signed with the Ducks until the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, which currently includes a modified NTC, per Cap Friendly.
G) Blaine Russell was selected in the 1996 draft (149th overall). Russell gets this spot as a default since the other goalie selected, Garrett Metcalf has yet to make a jump into professional hockey. Russell never played in an NHL game but has played games in the ECHL, AHL, CHL, UHL, and ended his career in the SEHL with the Knoxville Ice Bears (2003-04).
This concludes the all sixth-round draft pick team. Be sure to stay tuned for the fifth-round draft pick team.
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August 5th, 2020