This is the fourth part of the series on the newest members of the Anaheim Ducks, the 2013 draftees. I’m going to start with their last pick and go from there. The previous part was on American defenseman Keaton Thompson. So, next up is Danish/Swedish winger Nick Sorensen.
The Anaheim Ducks selected the winger Nick Sorensen of the Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL) in the second round (45th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old is a native of Holbaek, Denmark, but has dual citizenship with Sweden and is listed at 6’1″-172 lbs. The youngster was amongst the top 10 rookies in scoring in the QMJHL last year registering 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points in 46 games. He missed part of last season due to injury and also the previous year as well, which has become the only real worry about Sorensen. Before being selected in the CHL draft by the Ramparts, Sorensen actually played within the same club in Sweden as fellow Ducks prospect, Hampus Lindholm. Both Sorensen and Lindholm came up through the Rogle club and spent time on their junior teams together a few years ago. Sorensen also joined both Lindholm and another Ducks prospect, Rickard Rakell, on the Swedish junior national team in the World Junior Championships. Sorensen has gained the reputation as an extremely hard worker and forechecker who always battles hard for the puck. He has also displayed a pretty solid offensive skillset with a good release and sneaky shot. He has the potential to be a solid two-way forward who can make plays happen in the offensive zone and then backcheck extremely well.
Position: Right Wing
Weight: 172 lbs.
“Nick is a very hard-working, skilled player. He’s had to deal with injuries the past two years, but through those injuries he showed he’s serious and dedicated and can come back from setbacks. We’re really, really impressed with his character. He fits the Ducks’ style of play. We thought that with the games he had missed with injury that he would be available at the 45th pick, so we did our homework on him. He grew up in the same area of Sweden as Hampus Lindholm, and he’s good friends with both Hampus and Rickard Rakell.”
- Martin Madden, Director of Amateur Scouting, Anaheim Ducks
“A two-way player who works hard on the ice, Sorensen is perhaps a step behind when it comes to his development due to missed time with injuries. Healthy now, he shows no ill effects and no trepidation on the ice. Although not the strongest player, he doesn’t shy away from working hard in the corners and driving the net. A great skater, Sorensen is a playmaker first and foremost but also has an accurate shot that he can get off quickly. Just as important is his dedication to his own end, where he hustles hard to back check and help out his defensemen. Sorensen may never be a top offensive talent, but if he can get stronger and continue to work hard, he’s on the road to being a strong contributor at both ends of the ice.”
- Hockey’s Future
“Sörensen is a capable skater with impressive forechecking abilities. Battles hard for the puck and is tough to place against. Handles the puck fairly well and has a good release. Some interesting offensive qualities, although perhaps more likely to become a role player in the future.”
- Elite Prospects
The series finishes up tomorrow with the Ducks 1st round selection, defenseman Shea Theodore.