Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Grant Besse has had few celebrations in his career with the Wisconsin Badgers, but a new coach next season brings new opportunity (courtesy of David Berding/Icon Sportswire)
While the Anaheim Ducks have always had an affinity towards the European style of player, in recent years they have invested heavily in the NCAA via the USHL. No better example of that can be found than the most recent 2015 Draft where the Ducks, with their seven selections, drafted two players from Europe and four players from the USHL.
Photo: Anaheim’s top prospect Shea Theodore is being developed with patience but his offensive skills definitely have a place in the NHL (courtesy of Jose Quiroz/Icon Sportswire)
If the Anaheim Ducks management and scouts have done one thing right in their recent history, it is that they have made the top end picks count. While every team has its missed opportunities, flops, and top picks that do not live up to expectations, the Ducks have had an enviable success rate. The mid-season Top 20 features 13 players from rounds one through three, while the top ten features eight players from the first and second rounds. They are getting wonderful seasons from their best prospects, and that is one of the many reasons why the Ducks pipeline is considered one of the more promising in the NHL. It is a group whose promise goes even deeper than the twenty names here.
Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Zach Werenski is looking to build off of a fine freshman season with the Wolverines in 2014-15 (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)
For the 2015-16 NCAA Hockey season, the Big Ten Conference features 40 NHL prospects, with each member school having at least two prospects on their rosters. The University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota lead all conference teams with 12 prospects apiece. Read more»
Photo: The Anaheim Ducks added to their wealth of young defensive talents by selecting Jacob Larsson 27th overall at the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Recently, the Anaheim Ducks have started to have fewer and fewer draft picks due to trades for established talents. However, at the 2015 NHL Draft, they were able to bring aboard seven new prospects chosen from all over the globe. Read more»
Photo: U.S. NTDP forward Jack Roslovic was one of two NCAA-bound players chosen in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The 2015 NHL Draft will go down as the NCAA’s most successful since 2003 while making history in the process. This year marked the first time in the history of the NHL Draft that three current collegians – that is those that played in the NCAA this past season – were taken in the top 10. Read more»