Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Two-way, hardworking forwards
  • Depth up front and on the blue line
Weaknesses

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. John Gibson Pro 8.0 C
2. Frederik Andersen Pro 7.0 B
3. Igor Bobkov Pro 7.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Rickard Rakell Pro 7.5 C
2. Stefan Noesen Pro 7.0 C
3. Nick Sorensen CHL 7.0 C
4. Chris Wagner Pro 7.0 D
5. Grant Besse NCAA 6.5 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kevin Roy NCAA 7.0 C
2. Max Friberg Pro 7.0 C
3. Andre Petersson Pro 7.0 D
4. John Kurtz Pro 5.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nicolas Kerdiles Pro 7.0 C
2. William Karlsson Pro 7.0 C
3. Antoine Laganiere Pro 7.0 C
4. Steven Whitney Pro 7.0 D
5. Radoslav Illo NCAA 6.5 C
6. Joseph Cramarossa Pro 6.5 C
7. Charles Sarault Pro 6.5 C
8. Miro Aaltonen Europe 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Shea Theodore CHL 7.5 C
2. Sami Vatanen Pro 7.0 B
3. Andy Welinski NCAA 7.0 D
4. Kevin Lind NCAA 6.5 C
5. Jesse Blacker Pro 6.5 C
6. Mat Clark Pro 6.5 C
7. Keaton Thompson NCAA 6.5 C
8. Kenton Helgesen CHL 6.5 D
9. Tim Heed Europe 6.5 D
10. Jaycob Megna Pro 6.5 D
11. Brian Cooper NCAA 6.0 C
12. Josh Manson Pro 6.0 C
13. Andrew O'Brien Pro 6.0 C
14. Kevin Gagne Pro 6.0 D
15. Stefan Warg Pro 5.5 D

Ducks have deep, diverse holdings in NCAA and Europe

by Andrew Knoll
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Photo: Ryan Hegarty was an effective shutdown defenseman in his four years with Maine. (Photo Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Ducks have more than doubled their investment in both the NCAA and European pro ranks, selecting two players competing in Sweden in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and diversifying their holdings at the college level. There is currently a very diverse mix of forwards and defensemen among the European and collegiate prospect pools.

NCAA

Justin Schultz, D, Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA)
Drafted 2nd round, 43rd overall, 2008

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Selanne setting example for Ducks prospects on and off the ice

by Andrew Knoll
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Photo:

Devante Smith-Pelly (right) has been one of several young Ducks players who has had the opportunity to learn under legend Teemu Selanne. (Photo courtesy of Ray Carlin/Icon SMI)

 

When Teemu Selanne was first shooting pucks out of the air in celebration and lighting it up in his own record-smashing rookie season, rookie Devante Smith-Pelly was still macking mashed peas and rocking Huggies.

But this season, the 19-year-old neophyte Smith-Pelly and the ageless Finnish Flash Selanne shared a bond on the Ducks bench.

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Large group of Anaheim prospects ready for NHL duty

by Andrew Knoll
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Photo: Defenseman Justin Schultz had a fantastic junior season with the University of Wisconsin, managing 16 goals and 28 assists in 37 games. (Photo courtesy of David Stluka/Icon SMI)

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.

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Video: 2012 World Junior Championship – Rikard Rakell, Sweden

by Ken McKenna
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Swedish forward Rikard Rakell and his teammates weren’t even born the last time that Sweden won a gold medal at the World Junior Championship.  But Rakell was one of the players that helped the team earn their first gold medal at that tournament in 31 years as they defeated Russia in overtime to win the 2012 WJC.  Rakell picked up five points and pumped 35 shots on goal during the tournament, his first appearance at this event.

Rakell talked about winning the god medal following Sweden’s win over Russia. Read more»

Swede outspoken in home press

by Peter Westermark
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Europeans know exactly what to say when they´re talking to the North
American press. Well, maybe Vaclav Prospal should sometimes choose his words
more carefully, but most europeans offer the clichés that are expected from
them. Read the press in their home country and it´s a different story.
Anaheim Mighty Ducks forward Jonas Rönnqvist´s comments in the Swedish press
after being dispatched to the minors was anything but clichés as he
criticized the team.

He was quoted in the Aftonbladet as saying ”I´ve been forced to play with a
knee injury. It´s sick, I can´t play up to my capacity.”
Rönnqvist was also
quoted in the article as saying that the team should have brought up someone
from the farm team to replace him while he nursed his injury, but that it
was a question of the team not wanting to spend any extra money.

Now, compare Rönnqvist´s comments with Eric Lindros´ infamous comments about
the Flyers´ medical staff. There´s not that much difference, right ? Of
course, one has to take the difference in stature between the two players
into consideration. Lindros was a superstar captain and Rönnqvist is a depth
player, so it´s not front page news, but Anaheim General Manager Pierre
Gauthier will nevertheless be less than amused to read such comments about
the organization. If he ever gets to read them that is.

The former Luleå star isn´t the first Swede to come out criticizing their
NHL club in the Swedish press. This can to a large extent be attributed to
the difference in the Read more»