30 in 30: Anaheim Ducks

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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

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 the first round, the Ducks selected Canadian center Sam Steel of the Regina Pats. Steel just completed his second full season in the WHL and finished with 23 goals and 70 points and in 12 playoff games he had six goals and 16 points.

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Regina selected Steel with the second overall pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft. He is blossoming into a strong two-way center; he plays a strong 200-foot game, has good vision, and skates well. He has the potential to be a second line center with his smart play and playmaking abilities. He won’t have any fantasy value for a couple of years, but if you’re in deep keeper leagues, stash him away.

Joshua Mahura, 85th Overall

With Anaheim’s third round pick they selected defenseman Joshua Mahura. In his second season with the Red Deer Rebels, Mahura tore his MCL at the start of the season and only played two regular season g