The Ducks fell one spot, and will be picking sixth overall. It’s always disappointing not to get the No. 1 selection, or move up to the top three, but Anaheim will add a top-notch prospect to its pool. Whoever the Ducks get will be looked at as a future cornerstone piece along with Trevor Zegras.
Now that we know how seven out of the top eight picks will go, the mock drafts are starting to come out.
NHL.com, The Athletic, Sportsnet and TSN released their first editions, and there are two players linked to Anaheim multiple times.
NHL.com: Three staff members submitted their picks for the Ducks at No, 6:
Center Cole Perfetti (two times): “As much as Perfetti’s skill level stands out, it’s his smarts and high hockey IQ that allows the 18-year-old left-shot forward (5-10, 177) to always be in the right spot in all three zones. He doesn’t have the flash of other players in the draft, but does everything well.”
The other writer took Lucas Raymond.
Sportsnet: Defenseman Jamie Drysdale:
“The Ducks have solid forward prospects in Trevor Zegras, Sam Steel, Isac Lundestrom, Max Comtois, Max Jones and Troy Terry. In their past 16 picks dating back to Round 6 of the 2015 draft, Anaheim has taken only two defencemen, thus making Drysdale a viable option here. Drysdale compares favorably to Cam Fowler, who’s played close to 700 NHL games. First, they are both world-class skaters. Second, they are both really good puck movers. Third, they both play with poise beyond their years. Drysdale was challenged to be a difference maker every night, and was able to achieve that goal upon returning from the world juniors. He plays with his head on a swivel, which allows him to make high percentage decisions.”
It obviously depends on who is available when Anaheim picks, but it will depend on which position general manager Bob Murray chooses to address. The Ducks have picked forwards with their previous five first-round selections.
The good news is that Anaheim is scheduled to have three picks in the top-36. The Ducks own the Bruins’ first-rounder, which will fall somewhere between 28 and 31, while Anaheim’s second rounder is No. 36 overall.
With Zegras already in the system, along with the other forwards, Drysdale will be a tempting pick, if he’s available.
Which player would you prefer out of Drysdale and Perfetti?