He goes by the name of Paul Kariya and for nine seasons he won over Ducks fans time and time again with herculinian drive, skill and passion for the game that led to 669 points in 606 games; he’s second on the franchise’s all-time goals, assists and points lists.
When your first ever pick winds up being such a steal, you’d figure no draft picks afterward could measure up. Thanks to some savy drafting by Anaheim, a few have.
Two names that come to mind are Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, both are first round picks that guided the flying V to a Stanley Cup win in 2006-07. Another prominent forward, Bobby Ryan, made his Ducks debut the next season and has been on a torrid pace ever since.
The latest crop of Anaheim picks have yet to spread their wings in Ducks colours, but they’ll have their chance in Penticton. The Ducks rookie roster includes five first-round draft picks and the club’s first three picks from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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F - Drafted 6th round, 173rd overall, to San Jose in 2007 – Bonino is a winner. While at Avon Old Farms, a prep school formally attended by Brian Leetch, Chris Higgins and Jonathan Quick, Bonino captained his team to a championship. Two years later, while at Boston University, Bonino led the Terriers to an NCAA National Championship. Last season he made his NHL debut with the Ducks and this year should be among 15 forwards on Anaheim’s roster. Great attitude, good hands and vision, offensive upside, developing into a strong skater. Enough said.
D - 1st round, 12th overall, in 2010 – Skating, puck handling, instincts – you name it, Fowler has it. Solid in his own end with an offensive spark; Fowler helped the Windsor Spitfires to their second consecutive OHL championship and second straight Memorial Cup last season. Adding to his recent medal haul, Folwer was a member of Team USA winning gold at both the 2009 U-18 World Championship and the 2010 World Junior Championship.
F - 1st round, 26th overall, in 2009 – Someone has to do the dirty work and Palmieri is more than willing to. He’s a grinder and an agitator, at 5-foot-10 he’s like that pesky fly that consumes all your attention but you can't quite catch. He can score too. Palmieri tied for the Notre Dame team lead in rookie scoring and tied for 10th in CCHA rookie scoring last season, he also captured gold at the 2010 World Juniors alongside Fowler.
F - 1st round, 29th overall, in 2010 – Etem is on the rise and he has been since Central Scouting had him ranked 13th among North American skaters at midterm, a number he improved to eighth in the final rankings for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He’s got great work ethic to go along with an offensive punch; last year Etem led all WHL rookies in goals and finished fourth overall in points with Medicine Hat.
D - 1st round, 19th overall, in 2006 – A defensive defenceman in every sense of the word, Mitera will never light up a scoresheet, but he’s a big reason his team won’t be giving up goals either. He’s physical and uses his size wisely and consistently. Last year Mitera split his second professional season with San Antonio and Abbotsford of the AHL and the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors.