The Anaheim Ducks came into the draft with six draft picks, two of them in the first round; five of their six picks were forwards this summer, stock piling on centers and wings.
Here is the low-down on Anaheim’s six draft picks.
Max Jones, 24th Overall
At pick 24, Anaheim selected left-wing Max Jones. Jones is American born and played for the London Knights last season. His first season in junior hockey could not have gone any better. Jones played second line minutes while being one of the Knights best penalty killers and receiving minimal powerplay time, he still managed 28 goals and 52 points in 63 games along with 106 penalty minutes and 192 SOG. Jones got into six playoff games before getting into some league trouble (see below) and registered two points, 23 penalty minutes and 22 SOG and four Memorial Cup games, scoring two goals and two assists.
Anaheim 2016 first round pick Max Jones
Jones is a hard nosed, big boy power forward; listed at 6’3, 203 lbs. He has NHL strength already, he just needs to be given more big situation minutes and learn when to not go over board with his physicality. Jones was suspended for 12 games for an illegal check to the head and had a few other incidents earlier in the season with players and coaches, but was never suspended for those acts.
Barring a very impressive camp, Jones will play another year in London to mature as a player and could possibly crack the NHL by 2017-2018. Jones will be a great roto player, contributing in goals, assists, penalty minutes, SOG, PPP, and SHP.
Sam Steel, 30th Overall
With the last pick of