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.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Two-way, hardworking forwards
- Depth up front and on the blue line
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- Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
- Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
- Playing in NCAA
- Playing in Europe
- Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
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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.
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.
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»
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.
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.
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.
NHL club in the Swedish press. This can to a large extent be attributed to
the difference in the Read more»