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2020 NHL Draft: Ducks draft grades

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The experts weighed in on how general manager Bob Murray and Anaheim made out at the 2020 NHL Draft.

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The 2020 NHL Draft is in the books and the experts are giving out their grades to each team. The Anaheim Ducks picked twice in the first round and addressed a couple of needs with each selection.

General manager Bob Murray went with defenseman Jamie Drysdale and No. 6 overall, before selection Jacob Perreault 27th.

Here is a list of all of Anaheim’s picks:

2020 Ducks Draft

ROUND PICK PLAYER
ROUND PICK PLAYER
1 6 D - Jamie Drysdale
1 27 RW - Jacob Perreault
2 36 RW - Sam Colangelo
3 67 D - Ian Moore
4 104 D - Thimo Nickl
5 129 LW - Artyom Galimov
6 160 C - Albin Sundsvik
7 207 C - Ethan Bowen

Several NHL experts gave out their grades for how each NHL team did at the 2020 draft. Here is how they viewed the Ducks’ picks:

ESPN’s Chris Peters gives Anaheim an A:

“The Ducks had early picks and made the most of them, filling their most urgent system need by selecting dynamic defenseman Jamie Drysdale at No. 6. He is a deceptive skater with strong puck-moving ability. With a second first-rounder, the Ducks then had the good fortune of Jacob Perreault slipping a little against consensus, giving them a higher-end goal scorer to add to the mix. Perreault’s shot, in particular, is elite.

Sam Colangelo is a highly skilled, big forward who is going to go develop for a few years in college. He has the ability to make defenders miss in the offensive zone. The team also went after upside on defense by going with Ian Moore, one of the top prep players available in this draft and a brilliant skater, and Thimo Nickl, who can really defend. Anaheim finished by taking calculated fliers on Artyom Galimov and Albin Sundsvik, whom the Ducks can allow to develop in Europe for a while.”


The Athletic’s Corey Pronman gives Anaheim a B+:

I think Anaheim got the best defenseman in the draft in Jamie Drysdale, a potential top-six forward in Jacob Perreault and I think Sam Colangelo will help the Ducks, too. I don’t mind defensemen Ian Moore and Thimo Nickl, but while I like their athletic toolkits, I’m not as confident they make it. Those first three picks are a strong haul though.


Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp gives Anaheim a B

Murray did well in picking two high-end players in the first round who have the potential be meaningful contributors within the new few years.

How do you grade the Ducks’ draft picks?