The Anaheim Ducks are obviously sitting at home watching the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers fight for the Stanley Cup. If they don't want to be sitting on the couch again next year, well let's just say they're going to need to improve by a large margin.
An avenue they can improve through is the 2022 NHL Draft, which gets under way in July. Anaheim has the tenth overall pick and The Athletic has general manager Pat Veerbeck selecting defenseman Kevin Korchinski at that spot.
Korchinski, 17, is entering the draft at an early age but he is showing why evaluators value him so highly. While playing for the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League (WHL), he has 61 assists in 67 games with four goals this year.
The Athletic said the following about the 6-2 teenager: "he has become the favorite to be the third defenseman selected. Anaheim could use another top defense prospect to build with Jamie Drysdale and Olen Zellweger."
Drysdale played 81 games with the Ducks this season and quadrupled his points from the 2020-21 season (granted he played just 24 games that year because he was with the San Diego Gulls for 14 games in the regular season.