The Anaheim Ducks have a prospect mix that is high on talent and beginning to find some balance across the board. This past season was defined largely by the addition of three Swedes, William Karlsson, Rikard Rakell, and Max Friberg, who captured a pair of awards here. The campaign was also marked by steady improvements and fluid adjustments by players who moved advanced stages in their development whether by role, level, or both. It was also defined in part by a significant loss, that of defenseman Justin Schultz who spurned the Ducks for free agency.
The Montreal Canadiens' prospects at the professional level were unable to gain any playoff experience this season as the teams failed to make the NHL and AHL playoffs. This spring, only the CHL prospects were experiencing playoff hockey as the European and NCAA prospects had already finished up for their years.
The Ducks have not been terribly aggressive in free agency or the trade market of late, but that may be a result of their burgeoning depth at the lower levels of the organization. Anaheim has stashed talent in many corners of the hockey world, building a system replete with skill and speed.
The New York Islanders have been frequent holders of high draft picks in recent NHL Drafts. But, while the effects on the team's in-season performance resulting from the lofty drafting positions have so far been negligible, there does appear to be some hope on the horizon for the Islanders.
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