I’ve seen comparisons to Ryan O’Reilly and while I bow to superior knowledge, I’m not entirely sure I see it. What I do see however is a Top-6 NHL player. Whether that looks like a top-end second-line pivot or a lower-end second-line wing will be up to the Anaheim Ducks development team over the next few years.
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Personally, I think McTavish has a couple of AHL years ahead of him, which may put him behind the curve a little bit in terms of creating chemistry with the Ducks’ current young group of forwards in Comtois and Zegras. There’s a good chance that he’ll also miss playing with Perreault as he looks to graduate into the NHL team.
Nonetheless, I think that McTavish was an absolutely worthy gamble by the Ducks and despite perhaps a lower skill set than players selected in previous seasons, he may be the prospect I’m most excited about in the Ducks system.
I simply love the way he goes about his game, and I think he’ll help create an identity the Ducks can rally around. I think he provides a skill set that compliments what the Ducks have already drafted and creates a niche for himself as he moves into the team in future years.
More than anything, I love how this pick is outside of the safe path. Drafting safe for years on end is what brought the Ducks to this point in their history. Taking a chance on a guy who could potentially blow up is exactly what I’ve wanted the Ducks to do for years and I couldn’t be happier. Whether he succeeds or fails, and I truly hope he succeeds, that the Ducks are no longer doing their normal thing has just created a moment of sheer relief for me. I love it. I really, really love it.
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