Photo: Both taken in the 2010 draft, Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk quickly became top players in the Carolina organization. (Courtesy of Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire)
The Carolina Hurricanes’ 2010 draft easily goes down as the team’s best since it moved to North Carolina. Six of the eight players selected have played an NHL game, and three are already key players with their respective teams. Read more»
Photo: Rickard Rakell’s two-way game has earned him a job with the Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
Despite the amount of success the Anaheim Ducks have had in recent years, they have still put together a deep pool of talent with a great deal of variety. Their mid-round drafting has been superb and they have rarely failed with high round picks, such as Nick Ritchie. The team is currently seeing an influx of role players and depth players to help support the already high-end talent the NHL team has. It is this sort of cohesiveness to the pipeline that puts the Ducks near the top of the league in overall prospect talent.
Photo: John Gibson and Sami Vatanen are among Anaheim’s top prospects. They were selected in the second round of the 2011 Draft and fourth round of the 2009 Draft, respectively. (courtesy of Harry How/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks are becoming mighty once again. The 2013-14 season saw the team lead the Western Conference in points, and they also had prospects at all levels of the game make big impacts with their respective teams.
Photo: The third of five Anaheim picks in 2013, defenseman Keaton Thompson made his college hockey debut with the University of North Dakota in 2013-14 (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks enter the summer of 2014 with a bit of disappointment after losing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings, in the second round despite finishing atop the NHL standings at the conclusion of the regular season. Their performance this season was seen as a pleasant surprise though, and with so many young players within the organization showing promise, there is plenty to look forward to for Ducks fans.
Photo: Originally called up to Anaheim due to injuries, Frederik Andersen won 20 games in 28 appearances as an NHL rookie in 2013-14 (courtesy of Chris Williams/Icon SMI)
The Anaheim Ducks organization enjoyed success not only at the NHL level, but nearly across the board in terms of their prospects as well. While most predicted the Ducks would make the playoffs, few could have expected a 116-point season to finish atop the Western Conference.