Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Exceptional top end prospects
  • Loaded defensive pipeline
  • Solid group of wingers
Weaknesses
  • Weak center depth
  • Limited goaltending depth
  • Not much diversity or ability past top-end players

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
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. Kevin Boyle Pro 7.5 D
2. Garrett Metcalf Junior 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Stefan Noesen Pro 7.0 C
2. Nick Sorensen Europe 7.0 D
3. Grant Besse NCAA 7.0 D
4. Deven Sideroff CHL 7.0 D
5. Ondrej Kase Pro 6.5 D
6. Matt Bailey Pro 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nick Ritchie Pro 8.0 C
2. Kevin Roy Pro 7.0 C
3. Kenton Helgesen Pro 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Nicolas Kerdiles Pro 7.0 C
2. Julius Nattinen CHL 7.0 C
3. Kalle Kossila Pro 7.0 C
4. Troy Terry NCAA 7.0 D
5. Chris Wagner Pro 6.5 B
6. Michael Sgarbossa Pro 6.5 C
7. Joseph Cramarossa Pro 6.0 C
8. Brent Gates NCAA 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Shea Theodore Pro 8.0 B
2. Brandon Montour Pro 7.5 C
3. Jacob Larsson Europe 7.5 C
4. Andy Welinski Pro 7.0 C
5. Marcus Pettersson Europe 7.0 C
6. Martin Gernat Europe 7.0 D
7. Brian Cooper NCAA 6.0 C
8. Andrew O'Brien Pro 6.0 C
9. Jaycob Megna Pro 6.0 C
10. Keaton Thompson Pro 6.0 C
11. Matt Berkovitz Junior 6.0 C
12. Steven Ruggiero NCAA 6.0 C

Chouinard Looks to Anaheim

by Martin Dittman
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The Mighty Ducks re-signed Marc Chouinard to their roster on Tuesday night and barely anybody talked about it. The message boards and mailing lists were silent. Nobody seemed to care in California as the papers barely mentioned the signing – instead focusing on Marty McInnis. But perhaps they should start paying more attention.

Chouinard is not a top prospect nor is he the answer to Anaheim’s problems at scoring depth but he is very intriguing. A center with a great frame (6’5 – 200) he’s still young and at the ripe age of 23, and he brings about curiosities. Over the last several seasons Chouinard has battled injuries. In juniors, he struggled with shoulder problems. In his rookie pro year, he suffered a lacerated achilles tendon which set him back the entire year but it has been all uphill since then.

Marc is coming off a career season with Cincinnati where he played an aggressive checking game while showing capable offensive skills. He scored 17 goals and added 16 assists in 70 games. While that might not sound like much, for Chouinard it’s extremely impressive.

MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF

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Mighty Ducks 2000 Draft Review – Quality over Quantity

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Smirnov is one of the draft’s true wild cards but will probably be gone by the time the Ducks pick. He has all the size,
skill and talent the Ducks are looking for but unless they trade up, there’s a good chance he’ll already be drafted which
is a shame. For a team that’s desperate for power forward, Smirnov is worth the risk.

I wrote that in my draft preview here at Hockey’s Future. Apparently, there was some good karma going around that day.
Saturday afternoon, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim got the chance to select Alexei Smirnov, and sure enough, they couldn’t
pass on him. Smirnov became the Ducks’ first round pick and they didn’t even have to make a trade to get him.

Consider that some good luck for a team that usually seems cursed when it comes to anything decided by luck. The Ducks
had a successful draft, choosing a group of very talented players who might be considered high risk. They also used a surplus
of draft picks to their advantage. The Ducks had made several side deals the last few weeks and it paid off in the second
round. The Ducks relinquished third, fourth and fifth round picks to Montreal for their second round pick. They ended up
choosing Ilja Bryzgalov. In theory, the Ducks received two goalies in the second round. They gave up their original second
round pick to Calgary for J-S Giguere. The Ducks also dealt sixth and seventh round picks to Toronto in return for a European
prospect.

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2000 Mighty Ducks Draft Preview

by Martin Dittman
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The more things change, the more they stay the same. That certainly proves
true for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Like in past drafts, the Ducks are
looking for hard working forwards who can put up big numbers. That’s easier
said than done. The Ducks still lack pure scorers in their system and more
importantly, lack character players with strong skills.

The obvious need is for a power forward. Jay Legault is yet to blossom in
the AHL and other potential power forward candidates have been
disappointments. Mike Leclerc had an inconsistent first NHL year and Peter
Leboutillier and Jeremy Stevenson might have worn out their welcomes. The
forwards who do score for the Ducks have been criticized for a lack of hard
work. Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne are fine scorers but they aren’t the
type to battle in the corners or lead by example.

The Ducks have had relatively successful drafts the last few years. They
have taken players out of relative obscurity and found legitimate prospects.
Others have become potential steals like that of college standout Jordan
Leopold. The Ducks are expected to focus on a group of European forwards
this draft.

POTENTIAL FORWARD CHOICES:

Martin Samuelsson –

Samuelsson would fit in perfectly with the Ducks. The Ducks have a fetish
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Mighty Ducks Season in Review

by Martin Dittman
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The Mighty Ducks thought this was the year they were gonna become
contenders rather than the standard pretenders. As usual, the team’s high
hopes were dashed by mid-season and the Ducks will have to look to the
future again to become contenders.

The year was full of disappointments. From Maxim Balmochnykh’s
suspension to the firing of Cincinnati coach Moe Mantha, 2000-01 is surely
to be a year of transition for the Mighty Ducks organization. The future
still looks bright as several of their younger players did step up to have
productive seasons but the lights have dimmed. For each player who had a
successful season, another was a disappointment. Just another year in
Duckville.

REPORT CARDS

Jorgen Jonsson – Forward

Grade – Inc.
2000-01 Status – Back to Europe?

Comments:
Jorgen Jonsson had a productive first year in the NHL only to see it fall
apart once he joined Anaheim. On Long Island, Jonsson was a force, and
often the top player for the lowly Isles. With Anaheim, he was invisible
and struggled to get the ice time he needed so badly. The year is an
incomplete from an Anaheim standpoint although an A is in order for his work
with the Isles.

Next year is where the questions pop up. Jonsson has been considering a
trip back to Europe. The Swedish born Jonsson didn’t enjoy Long Island and
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Ducks Deal Davidsson and Trebil

by Martin Dittman
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The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim promised some minor deals this trade deadline and General Manager Pierre Gauthier delivered with the dealings of minor leaguers. The most notable of these players is Johan Davidsson.

The team dealt the once highly touted Davidsson to the Islanders for rookie and Euro veteran Jorgen Jonsson, the older brother of Isles captain Kenny Jonsson. The trade was a statement from Gauthier that the team needed help now not for the future as they try to squak into the playoffs.

Jonsson is having a highly productive season, scoring 11 goals in his first NHL season. He has been projected as a possible second line center down the road. For now though, the Ducks could use his skill. A strong skater and good playmaker, his abilities should add some depth overall to a team that lacks consistency.

One of the key selling points is Jonsson’s strong penalty-killing. He racked up two shorthanded goals with the Isles and since the Ducks have struggled all year shorthanded, he will be a welcomed addition. Anothe selling point is his good speed which fits in perfectly for the fleet footed Ducks team. As an added bonus, Jonsson is good defensively which is perfect for Coach Craig Harstburg who has preached team defense to his team this season.
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