9th Overall: Anaheim Ducks
Finally, we make it to the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are at a crossroads with their franchise and it seems that GM Bob Murray is set to take the road less traveled by, AKA a re-tool (And hopefully it makes all the difference). With an aging forward corps and top two pivots reaching the tail end (or possibly the entire end in the case of Ryan Kesler) of their careers the Anaheim Ducks will likely be looking to replace them.
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The Anaheim Ducks have centers Sam Steel and Isac Lundestrom in their prospect pool already but both projects as 2nd or 3rd line centers and the Ducks don’t really have anyone to fill the void of “franchise centerman” that Getzlaf has held down for the past decade.
This seems to be the draft for the Anaheim Ducks to try and find that player, and in a rare top 10 pick for the team, Trevor Zegras might fall right into their laps. Zegras is a pass-first center who could be a great addition to the Ducks young stable of forwards, thinking about him dishing the puck to Max Jones, Troy Terry or Ondrej Kase is something to get excited about.
10th Overall: Vancouver Canucks
Rounding out the top 10 is the Vancouver Canucks, who took a big step in the right direction this season, mainly due to the emergence of Elias Pettersson as a potential franchise centerman. The Canucks are set up down the middle for the foreseeable future with Pettersson and Bo Horvat, but their winger depth isn’t quite as promising (although not terrible). Getting a player like Matthew Boldy is terrifying for a fan of a rival of the Canucks.
A bigger bodied winger who puts the puck in the net with relative ease could be playing with a center who can seemingly make a pass on target from a mile away, that’s not good for the rest of the Pacific division but is very, very good for the Canucks fans.
Overall I’m very excited about the upcoming draft, one of the very few times of the year where every team is optimistic about what their teams will do. What do you think about this draft? Who do you think will fall or rise? Let us know in the comments below!
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