After being a force in the NHL since the turn of the century, the Anaheim Ducks are looking to re-tool their roster as the team transitions from the Ryan Getzlaf era.
General manager Bob Murray will have his work cut out for him this offseason as he attempts to rebuild the Ducks’ prospect pool. Anaheim has the No. 6 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, so it should be able to add a foundation piece.
The Athletic’s Cory Pronman released his annual rankings of of each NHL clubs’ under-22 players, and has the Ducks at No. 21.
“The Ducks are in an interesting position where the age of their core group of players isn’t old, but isn’t young either. The team struggled, and they lack a lot of premium young assets other than top-10 pick Trevor Zegras. This organization has some good pieces after Zegras — high picks like Sam Steel and Max Jones. Plus Maxime Comtois looks like an excellent second-round pick. They’re going to have to get a lot of value out of this group with most of these players exceeding their draft slots or else they are probably heading for a significant rebuild.”
Pronman has Zegras ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the organization. The rest of his top five looks like this: 2) Sam Steel, 3) Maxime Comtois, 4) Max Jones, 5) Josh Mahura.
Steel had 22 points in 65 games last season. The 22-year-old had some flashes during his rookie year, but he will need to improve his skating if he wants to take another step in his development.
Comtois is showing good value for a second-round selection. He has the size to be an impact player, but like Steel, he will have to work on his speed. The 21-year-old appeared in 29 games for Anaheim last season, finishing with five goals and 11 points.
The good news for Murray is that he will be able to add a significant piece at the draft. If the Ducks can hit on both of their first-round selections, they should climb up Pronman’s rankings next season.
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