July 31 in 31: Anaheim Ducks

Lucas Main

2017-07-01

The Anaheim Ducks came into the draft with five draft picks, none in the first round but two in the second. Bob Murray and his scouting staff went heavy on forward again, selecting two centers, a left and a right wing, and one goalie.

Here is the low-down on their selections.

Maxime Comtois: 2nd round, 50th overall

Anaheim selected another big-bodied winger with their first selection in the draft. Listed at 6’2”, 207 pounds, Comtois brings a mix of skill, size, and grind to Anaheim’s wings. He was selected 3rd overall in the QMJHL in 2015 and scored 26 goals along with 60 points in his rookie season with Victoriaville. That had him ranked fourth on Bob McKenzie’s pre-season draft rankings, but things did not go as planned during the season. He had a down year numbers wise, scoring only 22 goals and 51 points which led to him falling down the draft charts.

Being a big boy, he doesn’t have blazing speed, but once he gets moving he can move. He has the size to fight through checks and power to the net. He protects the puck along the boards, uses his size to shield the puck while skating, and has a heavy NHL worthy shot. The Ducks will be patient with Maxime and make sure he develops properly. Don’t expect to see him in the show till at least the 2019-2020 season but he has top six upside.

Antoine Morand: 2nd round, 60th overall

Morand was actually drafted second overall in the 2015 QMJHL draft, one ahead of the Ducks 50th overall selection Maxime Comtois. The two have a history together; they were linemates in Bantam AAA terrorizing any team they went up against so that is one reason they selected Morand with pick 60.

Another reason they selected Antoine was because of his slick playmaking skills. He had 36 assists and 50 points in 48 games as a rookie and last season upped the ante with 46 assists and 74 points in 67 games. He registers at 5’10”, 178 pounds so he is a little small, but the 18 year old still has lots of time to add to his frame. He has second line center potential and Bob Murray and his staff hopes he can eventually reunite with Comtois to reignite their chemistry.

 

Jack Badini: 3rd round, 91st overall

Badini is a product of the USHL and is committed to college hockey next season, taking his talents to Cambridge to play for Harvard. Badini broke out this season, going from 11 points in the 15-16 season to 28 goals and 42 points this past season. He also scored seven goals and 17 points in 14 games to lead all skaters during the playoffs, while also leading the Chicago Steel to their first ever Clark Cup. Jack is listed at 6 foot, 203 pounds so he has the frame to play against older college kids. He’ll look to develop his two way game but give him a couple years of college hockey he could develop into a solid checking center.

Kyle Olson: 4th round, 122nd overall

Olson is a smaller winger listed at 5-10 and only 161 pounds. He was injured his first season and only played 19 games, but managed to score 10 points. In his first full season he racked up 57 points in 72 games and moved to center when Michael Rasmussen went down with an injury so he is a versatile forward.

Olson plays a solid two-way game; he has a high hockey IQ and can create plays on his own. He doesn’t let his size get the best of him because he plays hard along the boards and always gives it 110%. If he can add some weight to his frame he could become a real Swiss army knife threat. The Ducks will let him season in the WHL for another two years while he adds some muscle and if he keeps playing smart and develops a little more offensively he will be wearing an NHL sweater in the next four years.

Olle Eriksson-Ek: 5th round, 153rd overall

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