The Anaheim Ducks will be picking sixth and should be able to add a high-end prospect. It all depends on what happens on the board ahead of them. The Athletic’s Cory Pronman released his first mock draft now that we know the order, and it’s no surprise he has the Rangers taking Alexis Lafreniere with the top pick.
The rest of the Pronman’s top five shakes out like this:
2) Los Angeles Kings - Quinton Byfield (C)
3) Ottawa Senators - Tim Stutzle (LW)
4) Detroit Red Wings - Cole Perfetti (C)
5) Ottawa Senators - Lucas Raymond (LW)
Pronman then has Anaheim taking right winger Alexander Holtz. Here is his explanation:
“Anaheim has been hard to pin down, but sources around the league think it will value Holtz because of his elite goal-scoring ability, as the Ducks have a pressing need for that type of player. If Drysdale doesn’t go in the top five, though, it will press them at this spot to go with the defenseman.”
Drysdale is an intriguing option for general manager Bob Murray and the Ducks. Anaheim has the second youngest defensive corps in the league, so adding Drysdale would help solidify the group for years to come.
Holtz would add some much-needed offensive punch to an Anaheim team that finished 29th in goals for during the 2019-20 regular season. He’s known for his goal-scoring prowess, but can also set up teammates on the offensive end.
If you had to choose between Holtz and Drysdale, who would be your selection?