Draft Analysis: Anaheim Ducks

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Draft Analysis: Anaheim Ducks
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The Anaheim Ducks, with their first selection of the 2009 entry draft (15th overall), selected Guelph Storm forward Peter Holland. Holland was not slated to go until later in the first round or early second, but rose in ranking. Holland, sitting at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, was second in team scoring, tallying 29 goals and 39 assists in 68 games. Holland is an effective two-way player and is somewhat of a power forward. Holland sees the ice very well and has good wheels. Although he was selected ahead of where he probably should have, Holland is a solid pick for the Ducks.

With the Ducks' second pick (26th overall) the Ducks selected C/RW Kyle Palmieri of the United States U-18 Development Program. Palmieri was ranked 20th among North American skaters. Palmieri finished just shy of averaging a point a game in the USDP with 15 goals and 15 assists in 33 games played. Palmieri is a talented hockey player with a solid skill set. Kyle possesses a good tenacity for the game and compliments the Ducks' first selection Peter Holland very well.

With the 37th pick the Ducks selected Brampton Battalions defenseman Matt Clark. Clark is rather large and imposing at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. Clark can fill the lanes rather well. Not noted for offense, Clark only managed three goals and 20 assists in 63 Ontario League games. Clark, however, managed a respectable plus-21 rating. With the loss of Chris Pronger, Clark may one day step up and fill some of the void left behind.

In the third round (76th overall) the Ducks selected Russian goaltender Igor Bobkov. Bobkov played last season with Magnitogorsk 2. Bobkov is very tall for a goalie standing at 6-foot-4 and at 194 pounds, he fills the net very well. Bobkov was the starting goalie for the Russian Under-18 squad and was named the top goalie of the tournament.

The Ducks selected another defenseman in the fourth round of the draft, taking Finnish native Sami Vatanen. Vatanen captained the Finnish Under-18 national squad.

With the Ducks' sixth selection of the day, they selected right winger Radoslav Illo. Illo spent last year in the United States League with Tri-City. Illo recorded 21 goals and 12 assists, but spent a good portion of the year out with a shoulder injury. This was a bit of gamble by the Ducks, but it may pay off.

Finally, with the Ducks seventh and final selection they picked up their third defensemen, Scott Valentine of the Oshawa Generals. Valentine recorded eight points in 47 games split between Oshawa and the London Knights. Valentine will need a lot of time to develop if the Ducks ever want him in the NHL lineup.

Overall: A decent draft for the Ducks. They filled some of their needs, but they missed out on some higher-end prospects picked ahead of Holland.

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