Photo: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon led all NHL rookies in scoring during the 2013-14 regular season, and even led all NHL scorers during the 2014 NHL playoffs until the Avalanche were eliminated in the first round (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon had a huge second half of the season to pull away from the field in the Calder Trophy race. His performance in the 2014 NHL playoffs was simply the cherry on top of a great rookie season.
Photo: Goaltender John Gibson, who has found success as a rookie pro this season for Norfolk in the AHL, takes over the top spot in the Ducks Top 20 update (courtesy of Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
The spring edition of the Anaheim Ducks Top 20 list features five new faces following the graduation of Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelly, Jakob Silfverberg, and Hampus Lindholm to the NHL and the loss of Peter Holland in a trade to Toronto.
Photo: Rookie goaltender John Gibson assumed the starting role in Norfolk with Anaheim relying heavily on Frederik Andersen at the NHL level (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
In what could be regarded as a development year with all the incoming young players, the Norfolk Admirals are off to a respectable 20-13-1-5 start. Norfolk stood to lose quite a few valuable players to the Anaheim Ducks this season, and with players like Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Emerson Etem, Frederik Andersen, and Patrick Maroon all spending considerable time in the NHL in 2013-14 that fear became a reality.
Photo: The WHL’s leading scorer amongst defensemen, Shea Theodore has nine assists in his first three games in the month of December (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks' prospect pool only contains three prospects currently plying their trade at the Canadian Hockey League level, two in the WHL and one in the QMJHL. Their current lack of depth is due in part to large number of prospects moving up to the professional level in 2013-14, and is not an indicator of a weak prospect pool.
Photo: Offseason acquisition Jakob Silfverberg saw action in 11 games with Anaheim, including two against his former team the Senators, before a broken hand forced him out of the lineup (courtesy of Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks' brass has done an excellent job maintaining depth throughout their prospect pool in recent years. They have done incredibly well in the past few drafts, adding players who can score, but also players capable of playing a responsible two-way game.