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I believe that the Anaheim Ducks with their late 1st-rounder and early 2nd-rounder should take a flyer on Tyson Foerster. I think his downside is largely over criticized and is easily correctable with good coaching. Obviously, the Ducks are out of luck in terms of coaching at the NHL level right now, however, that won’t always be the case. It also is unlikely to impact Foerster given that he’ll be given time to develop in junior hockey for a little longer.
If the Ducks are patient with this player, they could easily have a gem on their hands that fits right alongside the strengths of their other young players. That big shot they don’t otherwise have? Check. The one-timer they’ve not had in many years? Check. A volume shooter to pump up their impotent offense? Check. A compliment to the playmakers and transitional puck movers? Check. A strong forecheck? Check.
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Foerster’s shot is a unicorn in the second round and one the Anaheim Ducks should not let slip past them. There is a danger that the teams above them in the second round could nab him. Detroit and Ottawa are desperate for scorers. The Kings already have an abundance of riches having draft incredibly well in the second round of late. San Jose… well screw San Jose.
For this reason, I would be willing to take a gamble at the back end of the first round and take Foerster with the selection gained from the Boston Bruins. This goes for double should the Ducks take a safer option with the 6th overall choice.
Given the potential choice of Perreault and Foerster with the 27th overall selection, I would lean towards Foerster. I believe he offers more to the current Ducks DNA than his competitor. I also believe that his downside (skating) may be overhyped quite significantly, given some pundits have mentioned similar things regarding Perreault’s skating in the past.
Foerster has none of the other questions marks that Perreault does either. More than anything, however, I truly believe the Anaheim Ducks need a genuine one-time threat on the power-play, and I really like Foerster’s shot in this situation. It may be splitting hairs, but it’s the side I lean to at this time.
The Ducks draft position right now allows them some leeway to draft a sure thing NHL’er with the #6 draft selection. Having two selections so close between the back of the 1st round and into the 2nd then gives them the opportunity to experiment in a new fun direction. They may not be able to secure Patrick Laine like they’re rumored to desire, but they get the opportunity to grow their own future 40-goal scorer here. It’s time for a change. Vote Foerster today.
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