When Anaheim saw Hermosa Beach native Brian Salcido still available midway through the fifth round, they jumped at the chance to acquire the local boy. Trading their sixth round pick and next year's seventh round pick, Anaheim selected the Colorado College blueliner 141st overall. Salcido had previously played in both the Junior Ducks and Junior Kings youth hockey programs and was a teammate of first round selection Bobby Ryan when they were both playing for the Junior Kings. Salcido also played with the No. 1 selection, Sidney Crosby and the No. 3 selection, Jack Johnson while he was with Shattuck St. Mary's in 2002-03.
An attacking force from the blueline, this former college star couples a strong-skating ability with smart offensive skills. A wizard with the puck and never hesitant to join (or lead) the rush, Salcido makes a living by being the lynchpin in the quick transition game. However, his eagerness on offense sometimes works against him in his own zone, especially when pressed with physical attackers. Though he is willing to dig in the corners and plays a solid positional game in his own zone, he often finds himself on the losing end of physical battles for the puck.
Breaking out in his second year of professional hockey, Salcido has little else to prove at the minor pro level. He’ll compete for a roster spot at training camp and failing that will be one of the first callups when injuries strike the Ducks blueline. But he needs to establish himself soon, as there are more highly touted defenders coming down the line.