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A Look Back at Every First-Round Selection in Ducks History

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

It's been 15 years since the Ducks have held a top-five selection, but that can change this Friday in the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery (5 p.m. PT, TV: NBCSN and NHL Network). The Ducks enter the lottery with the fifth-best odds of winning the top overall selection (8.5%), which would be a first in franchise history.

Despite not having a recent top-five pick, the Ducks have drafted 30 NHL players over the past 10 years (2010) who have played 5,893 games, the most in the NHL. The list is led by first-round picks Cam Fowler (679), Hampus Lindholm (502) and Rickard Rakell (447). John Gibson (287) - selected in the second round (39th overall) - has played more games than any other goaltender drafted in 2011.

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This also marks the second consecutive year the Ducks have had two first-round picks, following last year's selections of Trevor Zegras (ninth overall) and Brayden Tracey (29th overall). Zegras was named by The Athletic (January 2020) as the top prospect outside the NHL. The Ducks are currently scheduled (barring future transactions) to be the only team with multiple first-round selections in each of the last two NHL Drafts (2019 and 2020).

Below you'll find a list of every first-round pick the Ducks have made in their history, including Paul Kariya - chosen fourth overall in 1993.

2019
Pick 9 | C - Trevor Zegras | 6-0, 173 | USA U-18 (NTDP)
Pick 29 | LW - Brayden Tracey | 6-0, 170 | Moose Jaw (WHL)

2018
Pick 23 | C - Isac Lundestrom | 6-0, 183 | Lulea (Sweden)

2016
Pick 24 | LW - Max Jones | 6-2, 206 | London (OHL)
Pick 30 | C - Sam Steel | 5-11, 178 | Regina (WHL)

2015
Pick 27 | D - Jacob Larsson | 6-2, 191 | Frolunda Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)

2014
Pick 10 | LW - Nick Ritchie | 6-2, 226 | Peterborough (OHL)

2013
Pick 26 | D - Shea Theodore | 6-1, 178 | Seattle (WHL)

2012
Pick 6 | D - Hampus Lindholm | 6-3, 195 | Rogle Jr. (Sweden)

2011
Pick 30 | RW - Rickard Rakell | 6-0, 199 | Plymouth (OHL)

2010
Pick 12 | D - Cam Fowler | 6-1, 190 | Windsor (OHL)
Pick 29 | RW - Emerson Etem | 6-0, 190 | Medicine Hat (WHL)

2009
Pick 15 | C - Peter Holland | 6-2, 185 | Guelph (OHL)
Pick 26 | RW - Kyle Palmieri | 5-10, 191 | USA U-18 (USDP)

2008
Pick 17 | D - Jake Gardiner | 6-1, 173 | Minnetonka (HIGH-MN)

2007
Pick 19 | C - Logan MacMillan | 6-1, 172 | Halifax (QMJHL)

2006
Pick 19 | D - Mark Mitera | 6-3, 202 | U. of Michigan (CCHA)

2005
Pick 2 | RW - Bobby Ryan | 6-2, 208 | Owen Sound (OHL)

2004
Pick 9 | D - Ladislav Smid | 6-3, 226 | Liberec (CZE)

2003
Pick 19 | C - Ryan Getzlaf | 6-4, 220 | Calgary (WHL)
Pick 28 | RW - Corey Perry | 6-3, 206 | London (OHL)

2002
Pick 7 | RW - Joffrey Lupul | 6-1, 206 | Medicine Hat (WHL)

2001
Pick 5 | RW - Stanislav Chistov | 5-10, 193 | Omsk (RUS)

2000
Pick 12 | LW - Alexei Smirnov | 6-3, 215 | Tver (RUS)

1998
Pick 5 | D - Vitaly Vishnevski | 6-2, 215 | Torpedo-2 Yaroslavl (Russia)

1997
Pick 18 | C - Michael Holmqvist | 6-4, 210 | Djurgardens IF Stockholm (SEL)

1996
Pick 9 | D - Ruslan Salei | 6-1, 212 | Las Vegas (IHL)

1995
Pick 4 | LW - Chad Kilger | 6-4, 224 | Kingston (OHL)

1994
Pick 2 | D - Oleg Tverdovsky | 6-1, 211 | Krylja Sovetov (Russia)

1993
Pick 4 | LW - Paul Kariya | 5-10, 185 | U. of Maine (NCAA)

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