After a rough season, the Anaheim Ducks have been given the 9th overall pick. The team went through the mud this season but finished 6th in the Pacific Division with a record of 35-37-10.
The team went on a rough 12 game losing streak from mid-December to mid-January. The team followed that up with dropping 7 of 8 games with 11 goals for and 39 goals against. This resulted in the firing of their coach Randy Carlyle on February 11th. The team went 21-26-9 under Carlyle. The Ducks brought in Bob Murray and the team finished the remaining game with a 14-11-1 record under Murray.
The Ducks are gonna be on the look out for young forwards. This season, the Ducks had 1 player hit 20 goals and 4 players hit 40 points. The team finished with 196 goals for (31st in the league) and 248 goals against (18th in the league). They has troubles with puck control, sporting a Corsi For percentage of 47.6% Add younger guy to the mix to pick up some more goals for and raise the Corsi For, it can bring this team back to playoff contention. They’ve got enough veteran leadership in the room, they’re in need of some fresh legs.
So now let’s jump into two players that the Anaheim Ducks should look at drafting.
Cole Caufield is a right winger that is 5’7″ and 165 lbs.
Caufield is committed to University of Wisconsin next season. But he played with the US National U18 Team and USNTDP this season. With the National U18 Team, Caufield had 100 points in 64 games with the US National U18 Team. While playing with USNTDP Juniors, he had 41 points in 28 games. Played at World Juniors with 18 points in 7 games.
ESPN reporter, Chris Peters, described Caufield as “the best goal scorer in this draft thanks to elite offensive sense, good timing and a deadly accurate shot.” He’s on point with that statement, when the kid winds up, take cover. Caufield also has great hands and maneuvers the puck well. He’d add some accuracy and speed to the Ducks’ lineup. Here is a highlight reel of the 18 year-old’s past season.
Peyton Krebs is a Centre/Left Winger that stands at 5’11” and 175 lbs.
Krebs just finished up his 3rd season in the WHL with 64 games with 19 goals and 49 assists, for 68 points. The Canadian joined Canada’s U18 Team at World Juniors for 7 games with 10 points. Krebs also played at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, 5 games with 5 points.
Hannah Stuart made a good point in an article on the Score saying
“Despite playing on a dramatically bad team (the Kootenay Ice won 13 of 68 games this season), Krebs averaged more than a point per game, and over 70 percent of those were primary points. That’s not easy to do, especially as a draft-eligible player.” (x)
After this past rough season, having a guy that pulls out a point a game would come in handy. Krebs is definitely a pass first, shoot second kind of player, which is a big reason why he was riding a point a game. But when he shoots, great things happen. He helps out where he needs to and that’s what makes him outstanding. Krebs could spend a season in the AHL to get up to speed and that would just build him up as a player. Here is a highlight real for Krebs, #19.
Featured Image: The Canadian Press