Anaheim Ducks: August 30 in 30

Lucas Main

2016-08-01

Nick Ritchie - USA Today Sports Images

Anaheim’s prospect pool isn’t as deep as it has been the last couple of years, but that is because most of them have graduated and are currently playing full time in the show. Anaheim’s major strength for the last eight years has been drafting quality puck moving defenseman, take a look at this list: Larsson (2015), Montour (2014), Theodore (2013), Lindholm (2012), Manson (2011), Fowler (2010), Vatanen (2009), Gardiner and Schultz (2008). Their goaltending is set with Gibson set up for the future, with Garrett Metcalf and college signee Kevin Boyle in the pipeline. Their forward pool has been a little dry the last couple of seasons, but that is why they spent five of their six draft picks this summer on forwards. Headlined by Nick Ritchie, Anaheim has a good number of forwards from the last two drafts that have top six NHL potential (Max Jones, Sam Steel, Julius Nattinen, Deven Sideroff).

 

Top Ten Rankings

  1. Shea Theodore – Theodore is ready for full time duties in the show, Anaheim is just clogged up with NHL defenseman. He will be full time by December.
  2. Max Jones – He will be one of the leaders in London this season, grab him while you still can.
  3. Nick Ritchie – Training is an issue, but he is still young enough to put all his tools together.
  4. Brandon Montour – Another mobile puck mover in the making. Will be the man on the PP once Theodore gets moved up full time.
  5. Kalle Kossila – Will be playing his first full pro season this year, will be a solid center to move up and down the line up.
  6. Julius Nattinen – His first season in North America went as well as it could, watch him blossom as he gets mor