The Anaheim Ducks selected Brayden Tracey with their second pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft with the 29th overall selection. The pick was acquired in the deal that saw Brandon Montour sent to Buffalo last season.
Brayden Tracey, listed at 6’ 0” and 176 pounds, skated for the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL for the 2018-19 season, where he posted 36 goals and 81 points in 66 games at 18 years of age.
With proven snipers like Kaliyev, Lavoie and Leason available it was slightly shocking that the Ducks brass went with Tracey - ranked on most draft boards as a mid second rounder - but the more I read of him the more I like this as a high risk - high reward selection.
Tracey was one of the top rookies in the WHL last year - winning him the Rookie of the Year Award - and made is way onto Canada’s top power play at the under 18s. Described as a creative offensive player with high-end offensive hockey sense who loves to go to the net, scoring a lot of goals in the tough areas. Knocks on his game are his skating but that can be corrected and a potential to sometimes try to do too much - again something I dont have an issue with. He suffered an injury late in the regular season which caused him to miss most of the Warriors first round loss to the Blades. The Ducks have a history of drafting players that suffer injuries in their draft year, causing their draft stock to either fall or fail to meet the value it probably should have been. Could Tracey be another late round steal?