Anaheim Ducks 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapanaheimWith the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects. 

August 21, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Anaheim Ducks in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
3427LARSSON, JacobLD4/29/19976.02191FrolundaSweJE
6659NATTINEN, JuliusC1/14/19976.01.75191JYP JyvaskylaFinE
11180GATES, BrentC8/12/19976.01.75196Green BayUSHL
10084SIDEROFF, DevenRW4/14/19975.11171KamloopsWHL
124148TERRY, TroyC9/10/19975.10.5160USA NTDP Under-18USHL
NA178RUGGIERO, StevenLD1/1/19976.02.75200USA NTDP Under-18USHL
NA179METCALF, GarrettG3/5/19966.03175MadisonUSHL
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida

ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Anaheim Ducks in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:

Jacob Larsson (ISS Ranked #34 in 2015, Overall drafted #27 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Anaheim continues to build a solid young group of defenders as they add Larsson, the mobile, highly intelligent two-way defenseman to the mix with the likes of Shea Theodore, Marcus Pettersson, Brandon Montour as well as the proven Fowler, Lindholm, Vatanen and Depres. Larsson is a defender who will surprise as he possesses the intelligence of a stable two-way defender with the skating ability to fit in nicely with the talented Ducks blueline.

Nick Ritchie (ISS Ranked #10 in 2014, Overall drafted #10 in 2014 NHL Draft) – The Orangeville, Ontario native was a perfect fit for the Ducks as they snagged him 10th overall in 2014. Ritchie is a massive power winger who displays a heavy, accurate shot and lethal offensive tendencies. Ritchie couldn’t have found a better organization suited to his development as Anaheim are known to be patient with development and will let him find his game in the AHL before making the NHL jump. Ritchie brings highend upside to be an offensive force at the next level.

Hampus Lindholm (ISS Ranked #19 in 2012, Overall drafted #6 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Lindholm along with Fowler and Vatanen are the future and present building blocks for the Ducks. Hampus is an excellent two-way defender who does everything well and with ease, he thinks the game two steps ahead and is willing to engage on and off the puck. The confidence he has shown and development curve over the past three seasons with Norfolk and Anaheim are extremely promising for the future of the Ducks blueline.

BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:

Frederik Andersen (ISS Ranked #NR in 2012, Overall drafted #87 in 2012 NHL Draft) – In just two years the Ducks cemented their future between the pipes selecting John Gibson 39th overall in 2011 and Frederik Andersen 87th overall in 2012. After re-entering into the draft in 2012, the Ducks took a chance on the 6’03 goaltender selecting him late in the 3rd round. With Andersen and Gibson solidifying themselves as everyday NHL players there will no doubt be some friendly competition to win the starting job in Anaheim… a good problem to have for the Ducks.

“The Ducks have been one of the strongest drafting organizations in the recent past and they again re-stock the shelves adding some talented pieces in 2015”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “The best prospect in the system Ritchie will be a pro sooner than later and prospects to be a highend top 6 winger with goal scoring ability. Players on the cusp of making the pro step consist of Theodore, Pettersson, Kerdile and Noesen all who look to fit in seamlessly to the Ducks system. The Ducks scouting staff have done an exceptional job in leaving no holes in the prospect pool and that has led to the long-term success Anaheim has had.”

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