November 31-in-31: Anaheim Ducks

Lucas Main

2020-11-01

 

Welcome to our Summer Fall 31-in-31 series!

First, I want to say I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. As dates slowly leak out about when different leagues in North America are starting, we at DobberProspects will be pumping out content every day in November and December to end 2020 on a high note.

 

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Going into the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Anaheim Ducks had two selections in the first round. With glaring holes on defense and the ability to put the puck in the back of the net, they took the first step in patching that up on Day One. The team selected Jamie Drysdale sixth overall. General Manager Bob Murray stated he wanted a defenseman with the team’s first pick and with Jake Sanderson going at five, Drysdale was an easy choice at six.

With their second first-round selection at Pick 27, the Ducks addressed their goal-scoring needs by picking Jacob Perreault. Pegged as being one of the best goal scorers in this draft class, Murray and co like his ability to score from anywhere on the ice.

Anaheim would end up making another six selections on Day Two, with one pick in Rounds 2-7. They were ecstatic to draft Sam Colangelo at Pick 36. He uses his size to win puck battles and create scoring opportunities. The Chicago Steel product has committed to the University of Northeastern and will need to develop in his own zone before signing his first pro contract.

They would end their draft by taking two defensemen with NHL size that can move well and three serviceable forwards with high IQ. Check out the full draft recap, below.

 

Round One, 6th Overall – Jamie Drysdale, D

As mentioned earlier, Ducks management wanted a defenseman with this selection. Whether it was Drysdale, Sanderson, or a potential trade that was rumored, Anaheim was going to improve their backend… and boy did they.

Drysdale has the potential to be a top-pairing defenseman and with the amount of young talent in the NHL, he can be the next Quinn Hughes or Miro Heiskanen.

Making the Canadian World Junior team as a draft-eligible defenseman is pretty rare and by the end of the tournament, you could argue he was their best defender. Bob Murray had this to say about Drysdale’s World Junior performance, “He actually finished [the tournament] killing penalties, which tells you his hockey intelligence because he’s mostly an offensive guy. Anybody that’s 17 years old and could play in the World Juniors, they’re really good hockey players.”

He is a modern-day defender; his skating and mobility are elite while he thinks the game on a different level.

For more info on Drysdale, check out his Deep Dive

 

Round One, 27th Overall – Jacob Perreault, RW

Perreault has what it takes to have a long NHL career; his father played 14 seasons in the show and he can score goals. Possessed with arguably the best shot in this draft class, he can score from anywhere on the ice.