Word has come through the OC that the Ducks have qualified the following players:
Dan Sexton: I’m pretty sure both Crunch and Ducks fans will be happy with this. During the middle of the season doldrums, Sexton was one of the hardest working players on the Crunch. He was often one of our top players of the night and players to watch for the next game. Sexy brought a lot of fun to the War Memorial in terms of watching talent and producing power, and was a great influence on our younger kids.
Nick Bonino: Although his season was stalled by yo-yo call ups, Bonino shows definite talent and skill with the puck. His main issue this up coming season will definitely be getting some stability and consistency back in a world that is often anything but those two things. How he adjusts during this crucial point in his career will probably define him in this organization and in his career.
Patrick Maroon: Yay! Patty was a great guy, quality dude, who received an award from us at the end of the season for his sheer awesomeness. Philly’s loss was definitely our gain here. We’re very pleased that Maroon will be back.
The OC has also reported that the Ducks didn’t qualify the following players:
Kyle Chipchura: He never spent time in Syracuse, so I’m sure Newport Rebel can report a bit more on this. But from what I’ve read, this was an expected move.
Ryan Hillier: Again, I don’t really know too much here.
John de Gray: I personally liked de Gray during the pre-season, but his ability to jump in at the AHL level and make an impact once the real season started was limited. He spent most of the time in the ECHL this past season. He clearly struggled with the quicker game and had a hard time with avoiding penalties at the AHL level. I think he has potential, but he wasn’t ready for a full season here, and I think the Ducks were looking for that adaptability.
J.P. Levasseur: This makes me sad, but I understand it. JP showed a lot of promise, but his shake-ability level was high–it never took much to get him off his game. He worked hard here, and I’m confident he can find a good fit for himself for next season. With the glut of goaltenders we suddenly find ourselves with–it’s of course expected that Timo, Bobkov and Tarkki will be fighting for the top two slots here, with Tarkki most assuredly getting one of those slots–it wasn’t a surprise that Levasseur got left out.
JOHN GIBSON (GOALIE)
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING’S AL JENSEN
“John has great net coverage and size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds), and is very strong. He’s sound technically, moves very well laterally and is controlled. He’s calm, not busy.”
US UNDER 18 GOALIE COACH JOE EXTER
“He has size and presence in the net, and moves with power. The best part is he’s not just a limited goaltender for being a big guy. He’s multi-dimensional. He has power, athleticism, and he’s got good flexibility. And those parts of his game allow him to have success at the high level. He also has a calm demeanor in the net.”
“Gibson could be considered the safest goaltending pick in this year’s draft. He is reliable and well conditioned. He has a very good work ethic and has shown excellent development through the season. Gison is not flashy but he gets the job done and although he didn’t show too much in the way of being able to steal games he can be relied on to be consistent and avoid giving up deflating bad goals at bad times. Very well rounded goaltender.” – International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
“He’s the top goaltender in this year’s crop. Great size and plays economically. Strong in the butterfly with good balance in this stance. Tough to beat down low and tall enough to cover the upper corners from his knees. Really big in net and doesn’t leave much space for shooters to look at. Challenges shooters well and is smooth moving post-to-post. Calm and patient with strong technique.” – Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
Day 2 will start at 8 AM PST 11 AM EST and will be on the NHL Network. I will post the results and scouting reports on the picks up as soon as I see them. See yall Saturday.
List of Ducks picks
Round 2 39th overall (TOR) JOHN GIBSON
Round 2 53rd overall (ANA) WILLIAM KARLSSON
Round 3 65th overall (ANA) JOESEPH CRAMAROSSA
Round 3 83rd overall (ANA) ANDY WELINSKI
Round 5 143rd overall(ANA) MAX FRIBERG
Round 6 160th overall(TOR) JOSH MANSON
After trading the 22nd pick to Toronto for the 30th and 39th, the Ducks select Rickard Rakell. Well I said Murray wanted a center and he didn’t get one.
TSN Scouting says
“The only 1993-born player to compete for Sweden at WJC. Scored 43 points as an OHL rookie in 49 games before a high ankle sprain sidelined him in late February. He returned for just one playoff game.
Strengths – Good work ethic, competes effectively along the boards, strong skater with a quick burst and shiftiness, rarely takes a shift off, reads the play well, decent hands. Adapted quickly to the North American game.
Weaknesses – Relies more on hard work than offensive puck skills, limited creativity. NHL Upside – High energy third line winger who can use his speed to create offensive opportunities.”
That was written by Grant McCagg.
NHL Central Scouting’s Al Jensen
“He’s a good energy guy with a good work ethic and hustle. He forechecks hard, he bangs and is very responsible defensively. I really like his upside. He’s one of those guys who the coach can throw out there and know what you’re going to get. He has great balance and good skills and is physical. I can see him having an impact in the (NHL) two or three years down the road.”
I am ok with this. Center was a big concern with Murray and no one wanted to part with an earlier pick or at least at a price the Ducks were willing to pay. At 22 he could have reached for Rakell but at 30 its a good/ok pick. Now what Murray does with the 39th pick will be interesting. He needs to have someone fall. Maybe Saad or maybe Gibson? Who knows but that is part of the fun of draft day.