2012 NHL Entry Draft: What This Means for the Future of the Anaheim Ducks

Bobby KittlebergerCorrespondent IJune 25, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22:  Hampus Lindholm, sixth overall pick by the Anaheim Ducks, poses on stage with Ducks representatives during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NHL draft was all about size and safe bets for the Anaheim Ducks. In what was a fairly typical "Ducks draft," Anaheim took a defenseman at sixth overall and a California native at 36th overall in the second round.

This draft looked similar to two years ago when they drafted defensemen Cam Fowler in the first round and Southern California native Emerson Etem in the second.

Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of Anaheim's selections was the list of players they passed on to take Hampus Lindholm, the aforementioned sixth overall pick. Matthew Dumba, Jacob Trouba, Filip Forsberg and Mikhail Grigorenko were all on the board when Anaheim made their first selection, making their pick of Lindholm somewhat odd, as he wasn't slated to go quite so high in the first round.

As it would turn out, general manager Bob Murray has had his sights on Lindholm for quite some time, and he felt that his selection was low-risk, high-reward move. If he turns out to be right, this could mean that within a span of three years, the Ducks have anchored what will be their top defensive pairing of the next generation with Fowler and now Lindholm.

In the short term, Lindholm will continue to play at least one more year for Rogle in Sweeden. However, look for him to be in the Anaheim Ducks' lineup soon, as they certainly see an incredible amount of potential for this player going forward. It requires patience on the part of the fan, but given enough time, scouts and the Ducks organization agree that Lindholm will be contributing at the NHL level sooner rather than later.

Though predictable, the Ducks have been steadily and patiently building their future, and this year's draft means the continuation of that construction. It only adds brightness to the glimpse of light that is the Anaheim Ducks' hockey horizon.