Ducks Top 20 prospects

By Kevin Forbes

With former first rounders Joffrey Lupul and Mikael Holmqvist

graduating and other prospects emerging or regressing, this new edition of
the
Top 20 is quite a bit different from the previous incarnation.

1. Ryan Getzlaf, Calgary Hitmen
Getzlaf almost made the NHL team at training camp and has taken his mix
of
strength and offensive ability back to the NHL, where he is on pace for
career totals. He looks to be a second line center or better in the
future.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Calgary
WHL
17
8
15
23
43

2. Ilya Bryzgalov, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
The last time the Ducks had a goalie this hot in the AHL, his name was
Giguere. Bryzgalov has erased all doubts about his off year last year.
He is
among the leaders in almost every goaltending statistic in the minors.
The
only thing holding him back is the impressive duo in Anaheim, but his
play
may force GM Bryan Murray to make a move.

Year
Team
League
GPI
W
L
T
GAA
Sv%
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
14
7
6
1
1.78
.932

3. Mark Popovic, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
According to GM Bryan Murray, Popovic could of made the Anaheim team as
a
seventh blueliner. The team would rather let him regularly in Cincinnati,
however. Anaheim, however, decided to acquire Todd Simpson in the
waiver
draft to fill in for an injured Keith Carney, and Popovic has been
unimpressive offensively so far in Cincy. A situation worth keeping an
eye
on.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
18
1
1
2
14

4. Tim Brent, St. Michael’s Majors
Brent just keeps looking better and better. He’s playing extremely well
leading the St. Mike’s offense and also captained Team OHL to two wins
over
the Russian Selects in the RE/MAX Challenge. Brent could even be
considered
to be part of Team Canada at the World Juniors. He still needs to be
signed
to a contract.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
St. Michael’s
OHL
23
12
13
25
52

5. Corey Perry, London Knights

One of the first players sent home from training camp this summer,
Perry has
turned around to light the OHL on fire. Heading an impressive offensive
cast
in London, Perry could be on Team Canada at the World Juniors. He’s
making
what some considered a questionable first round pick look like good
judgement.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
London
OHL
21
16
24
40
44

6. Chris Kunitz, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Despite a poor camp, Kunitz has picked it up in Cincy. The former Hobey
Baker finalist has no real flaws in his game and will also benefit from
being older then most prospects.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
18
5
5
10
46

7. Joel Perreault, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Perreault was one of the early season leaders in scoring for
Cincinnati.
He’s slowed down since then, but this talented playmaker may compete
for a
spot sooner then some expect.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
14
3
5
8
2

8. Joel Stepp, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Stepp has gotten back on track after a wrist injury that bothered him
for
almost a year. He has provided strong two-way play for Cincy and looks
like
he could be an effective third-liner in the future for the Ducks.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
15
3
2
5
4

9. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Parenteau had a strong camp, but was sent to Cincy to gain experience
and
work further on his game. The Ducks are taking it slow with this ninth
round
gem.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
14
3
2
5
4

10. Tony Martensson, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Martensson is once again at the top of the Cincinnati scoring race. His
playmaking ability is once again serving him well.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
18
3
11
14
10

11. Cory Pecker, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Pecker is once again starting slow, but he should pick it up like he
did
last year. He is helping the Baby Ducks in other ways, by playing his
pest
role, which could eventually be his ticket to the NHL.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
16
1
4
5
6

12. Igor Pohanka, San Diego Gulls

Unimpressive in Cincinnati, Pohanka was sent to San Diego of the ECHL.
He
was invisible there for a while, until recently when he had a 3 assist
game.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
6
0
1
1
0
2003-04
San Diego
ECHL
6
0
3
3
2

13. Brandon Rogers, Michigan

Rogers continues to improve playing for Michigan. Now an alternate
captain,
he should continue his impressive development and join the Ducks
powerplay
after graduation.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Michigan
NCAA
12
1
8
9
26

14. Juha Alen, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

So far unimpressive in Cincinnati, Alen will need to pick up his play
to
stick around. He has the talent, now all he needs to do is use
it.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
10
0
1
1
4

15. Brian Lee, Erie Otters

Lee could be the next solid stay-at-home blueliner for Anaheim. He had
a nine
game tryout with Cincinnati after the OHL season ended last year and
was
solid then. On pace for career offensive totals this year.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Erie
OHL
23
3
8
11
45

16. Shane Hynes, Cornell

Helping lead the Big Red offense in only his second year, Hynes has
power
forward potential. The sky is the limit and he should continue to
improve.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cornell
NCAA
7
2
3
5
16

17. Vladimir Korsunov, Spartek Moscow

Once again, there was talk of bringing Korsunov over to North America
for a
look and a possible contract, and once again, he remained in Russia.
Although it’s hard to say why Anaheim doesn’t appear to be interested
in
this hard-nosed blueliner, he needs to add offense to his game before
time
runs out.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Spartek Moscow
RUS
20
0
2
2
24

18. Nathan Saunders, Moncton Wildcats

A gritty defender and a leader in Moncton, Saunders was one of the most
impressive blue-line prospects at training camp. Started the season
well and
on pace for career totals, he was named to Team QMJHL in the RE/MAX
Challenge.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Moncton
QMJHL
25
1
10
11
115

19. Shane O’Brien, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Along with Saunders, O’Brien was the other eye-opener on defense for
the
Ducks at training camp. A solid, physical player, he missed part of the
season making sure a contract could be signed to play in Cincy this
year.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL
6
0
0
0
33

20. Brian Gornick, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks

Although he has yet to play a game for Cincy this season, Gornick’s one
notable acheivement was when he was released to join the US National
Selects
team. Gornick helped the team win the 2003 Deutschland Cup.

Year
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2003-04
Cincinnati
AHL





Other impressive players are Francois Caron and Dirk
Southern
,
both off to good starts. Eddie Ferhi is having a little trouble
in
Cincinnati, and Bryzgalov is getting almost all the workload down
there.
George Davis was sent back to the Halifax Mooseheads of the
QMJHL
after one exhibition game with San Diego of the ECHL.

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