Photo: Ducks prospect Nick Ritchie is just under a point-per-game in his OHL career. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
As a new face emerges as the number one overall prospect with the Ducks, it is hard not to notice the strong group of defensemen and wingers Anaheim currently boasts. A staggering 17 of the 20 listed players on the spring list play either wing or defense. If the goal is to build from the back out, the Ducks have a blossoming mixture of talented defensemen and one of the best young goaltenders in the world to achieve that goal. Up front they also have a nice blend of size, skill, and speed to complement their NHL center depth. While the logjam may end up hurting some of these players’ chances, it currently is a big boost to the organization in terms of depth and quality.
Photo: Kootenay Ice forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart has totaled 41 points and a +12 rating in 27 games since returning to the Ice from the Sabres early in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire)
When it comes to forward prospects, what a player can do away from the puck is often overshadowed by what he can do with a puck. You’re more likely to see a highlight of a beautiful goal than a well timed takeaway; it’s the nature of the beast in a sport that values goals. Read more»
Photo: Norfolk Admirals forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Chris Wagner is currently second in scoring for the Admirals with 19 points in 25 games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon Sportswire)
While Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly, Rickard Rakell and Emerson Etem have all seemingly passed through the AHL and have landed in Anaheim full-time, the Ducks organization is still developing the next crop of talented forwards poised to make a name for themselves in the NHL. Read more»
Photo: The Ducks added more hometown flavor to their team with the selection of forward Nicolas Kerdiles from the USNTDP program (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
While the Anaheim Ducks scoured Sweden to draft Hampus Lindholm, they only needed to meander fifteen minutes down I-5 to discover second-rounder and Irvine product Nicolas Kerdiles.