Late Round Draft Picks— Honorable Mentions
Martin Gerber (2001 8th round pick, 232nd overall): The Burgdorf, Switzerland native was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2001 at the age of 27. For two seasons, he played second fiddle to J.S. Giguere, including during their 2003 cup run. During his first season, he played only 22 games but posted a save percentage of .929% with a win-loss record of 6-11-3. During his second season, he saw more ice time, playing 32 games, posting a save percentage of .918% with a win-loss record of 11-12-4.
While he was not of the same caliber as Ryan Miller, the 8th round goaltender turned out to be a decent backup during his two-season tenure in Anaheim. He was eventually traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Tomas Malec and a 3rd round draft pick. The younger and tenacious Ilya Bryzgalov replaced him as the backup to Giguere.
Kevin Roy (2013 4th round pick, 97th overall): Kevin Roy is an interesting case, seeing as how he hasn’t yet made his big break into the NHL yet. He played a 25 game stint with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2017-18 season when the team was strugglings with significant injuries, but due to his own injury, has played only 3 games since then.
His game has translated well at all levels. He was the spark that relit the fire at Northeastern University, scoring, on average, a point per game. When he made the move to the AHL, although he was no longer scoring, on average, a point per game, he has still been a 40+ point producer, if allowed to play a full season.
His injury, as well as a clogged roster, has definitely hindered Roy’s chances in the NHL. Nevertheless, his speed, skills, and ability to be a consistent point producer could definitely make a huge impact at the NHL level. Not to mention, he possesses the skills that could help revive the Ducks rather bland special teams.
With all of the up and coming talent, however, there is a question as to whether or not there will be room for Roy on the Anaheim Ducks roster over the next few seasons. Regardless, he will be a great asset to whichever team gives him the change to make his big break into the NHL.