Ducks readying for the entry draft

Posted: 06/20/2012 by bc in Uncategorized

According to our Ducks Director of Scouting Martin Madden, most of the work was completed during the week-long May meetings. That’s when all of our Ducks scouts gathered, shared notes and lobbied for their fave players.
In this Q&A, Madden says our Ducks will stick to the plan under Bob Murray and draft the best available player.
So long as our Ducks brass decides that the best player available is a D-man, I’m okay with taking the so-called best player available. In the year two-time Hobey Baker award finalist Justin Schultz shunned our Ducks. Little more than a year after  tossing Jake Gardiner in the mix that brought us Francois Beauchemin. Could be a good time that our Ducks brass decide a D-man is the best player available. After all it’s a SoCal audience. We’ll buy whatever the pros are shovelin’ because after all, what do we in SoCal know about hockey? It’s not like we routinely grow first round Entry Draft picks, is it?
Ryan Murray is the consensus best D-man available but it isn’t likely he’ll be available at the sixth spot. If he is, expect Bob Murray to be calling his name. Otherwise look for Ducks to select one of Red Deer Rebels Matt Dumba, Moose Jaw Warriors Morgan Reilly. Ottawa 67’s Cody Ceci, Edmonton Oil Kings’ Griffin Reinhart or US under 18 Jacob Trouba.
Trouba is the safe pick who Rant Sports and blog Bud Jeff Shibley is particularly high on. Trouba is a prototype stay@home, match up physical player without much offensive upside. With respect to the former he’s exactly what we need. Some wonder if Jacob can continue to dominate physically at the next level. Dumba is a high risk – high reward selection who’s been compared to Dion Phaneuf. Think also Kevin Bieksa or former Duck James Wisniewski. Now maybe you get the high risk – high reward part.
Morgan Reilly missed five months after blowing out a knee but was impressive in the playoff potting three goals and six points in a handful of playoff games. Reilly could be a bit of a sleeper.
Cody Ceci found his offense this past season to go along with his size. After Murray, Ceci just might be the most complete package among the young defenders.
Oil Kings Griffin Reinhart has the pedigree but isn’t the kind of skater Murray has said he values.
Eyes will roll if Murray selects a forward, especially with four highly touted D-men available. Given the downer of a year our Ducks had, Barstool Bob needs to make a splash. It won’t be coming via trade. Forget offer sheeting Shea Weber or some other RFA. NHL GM’s have realized that if you make a reasonable offer the player’s team will match it. If you offer too much, you anger GM’s around the league. For all these reasons expect our Ducks to draft Matt Dumba with the 6th overall pick.

  1. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    I concur on the write-up. However, I would take Reilly or Trouba over Dumba. If trading for Weber is not an option I would make a trade and dump some salary to get Murray (The Blue Jackets need allot of help and we have a few so-called stars that can be replaced).

    Barstool needs to draft a couple of D-man (3)…

    • You could be right about Reilly and Trouba. Better minds than mine are high on both. If not Dumba, Ceci appears to be the safe choice. He’s bigger, healthy coming off a great season and arguably the most complete player after Ryan Murray.
      While we’re predicting NA D-men watch Murray take a Euro forward 😉

  2. bbdux93 says:

    This team needs help now. As has been said by BC a young D takes several years to develope and looking to the future is great.. I’m fine with going for a D in the draft, but hope more than that will be done during this off season

    • Jeez bb wish I could light the torch and say we can follow this guy but Bob Murray just doesn’t instill that kind of hope in me. On the ice we’re led by a guy who flat out doesn’t give his all.
      Murray says we have to get bigger. His first two signings since that statement are the 5’10” Saku Koivu and Max Friberg who is listed as 10-15#’s heavier.Fasth is a big guy but nobody counts a goalie’s size in the bash crash smash and trash of the scrums and scrambles.
      It doesn’t look like we’re bringing George Parros back.
      Of the young guys in the system only Patrick Maroon (6’4″ 225#’s) is big by NHL standards. He only earned a couple of games in the show last season. He didn’t unseat either of Blake or Hagman last year. Will he be an improvement?
      Smith-Pelley is strong in his skates and can hold his own in the tough areas but will need to improve on his 7 goals 13 assists to hold his spot in the top 9.
      At select-a-seat, Murray said Coach Boudreau will asked to assess whether or not Emerson Etem can play 18 minutes a game in the NHL. If not, EE starts the season in the ‘A.’
      Lubomir Visnovsky’s name surfaces occasionally in the trade rumors. But he’s $5.5million cap hit who costs $3million in cash. On a budget conscious team that’s a bargain. Much of those trade rumors were based upon Justin Schultz coming to Anaheim. Which (((DOH))) ain’t happenin’
      So I don’t see a lot in the way of change for next season.
      Parros & Brookbank are soon to follow Jason Blake and Nik Hagman to parts South, East or North. We have 4 open jobs on a non-playoff team. I conclude from that our Ducks braintrust believes the roster under-performed last season.
      Hopefully, Sbisa and Fowler continue to improve while Getzlaf, Lubo & Lydman have bounce back seasons. If Hiller starts as strongly as he finished with effective and timely rest provided by Fasth, Etem is on the Calder short list all season, Palmieri achieves his expectations If, If, if….
      And having said all that I just read the Tweets from yesterday that have Bobby Ryan back in the trade rumors. So we’re going to a trade a perennial 30+ goal scorer who has done nothing except everything that the org has asked of him and keep Getzloaf? Maybe we’ve popped up as Ecklund source, again? I dunno if that’s (trading Ryan is a winner) unless it’s something huge coming back. Some say Ryan & Hiller to Buffalo for Ryan Miller was a done deal? Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.
      From Eric Stephens’ keyboard comes a story out of Finland that Flash is coming back for No. 20. We all get another chance to enjoy a guy who draws us into and out of our seats almost every game.

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