The Ducks bolstered their future by making six selections in the second and third rounds on the morning of the second day of the NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
|Nicolas Deschamps |
“I think it went really well," said Ducks Director of Amateur Scouting Alain Chainey. "We’re very happy about our Draft. But 29 other teams are happy too. After a Draft like this all the teams are happy. We all understand that down the road we are going to have good surprises and bad surprises, but we feel very strongly about this Draft because we were able to take players we like early. We’re very happy with the players we drafted today and we’ll see. They’re still young guys and they have things to improve, but we feel really strongly about this group.”
Near the end of the first round last night, the Ducks traded their 28th selection (acquired in a mid-round deal with the Kings) to Phoenix for the 35th and 39th picks.
"Thanks to Brian Burke, who was able to do some gymnastics and move up and get some more picks for us early in the second and third rounds," Chainey said. "We were able to do something with that and hopefully it will turn out pretty good for us."
Added Burke, “We got six players in the second and third rounds. We’re happy. It’s been a good two days.”
|Eric O'Dell |
The Ducks used the first of those selections to take Nicolas Deschamps of Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Deschamps, 18 (1/6/90), led all league rookies in scoring with 23-43=67 points and finished second overall on his team in points in his first season with Chicoutimi
. The 6-0, 173-pound native of Lasalle, Quebec
was selected to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team and named the league’s Best Defensive Player last season. He earned QMJHL Rookie of the Month honors twice in 2007-08 – in November and again in January. A member of Team Canada
at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Russia
, Deschamps also participated in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects Game last season.
“I’m very happy to be going to the Ducks,” said Deschamps (pronounced Day-SHAW). “It’s a good organization with good fans. They’re always good and they always compete every year. It’s going to be great to go to camp with those guys.”
When Deschamp’s name was called, it drew one of the biggest cheers of the second round, as he was congratulated by a group of at least three dozen well-wishers that included 12 family members and the rest supporters of fellow GMJHL players. “That was nice,” he said, “to hear a cheer like that.”
Four slots later, the Ducks took center Eric O’Dell from Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League.
O’Dell, 18 (6/21/90), split the 2007-08 season between Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Cumberland of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL). A 6-0, 174-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario, O’Dell appeared in 28 games for Sudbury, leading team rookies and finishing sixth overall in scoring with 14-18=32 points. Between both clubs, he scored 37-48=85 points with 31 penalty minutes (PIM) in 59 games. In addition, O’Dell helped Team Canada win gold at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Russia, scoring 1-3=4 points.
“This is a huge day,” O’Dell said. “This is my hometown, so I have a lot of people cheering for me. It’s great. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
With the 43rd selection, Anaheim took Justin Schultz from Westside of the British Columbia Hockey League.
Schultz, 17 (7/6/90), collected 9-31=40 points with 28 PIM in 57 games for Westside of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Schultz, a native of Kelowa, British Columbia, finished second in scoring among BCHL Interior Conference defensemen and was named the conference’s Top Defenseman in 2008. In the 2008 BCHL Playoffs, the 6-1, 163-pound Schultz ranked second among conference defensemen with 3-5=8 points in 11 games.
Like Ducks first-round pick Jake Gardiner, Schultz will play for the University of Wisconsin, but not until the fall of 2009.
Anaheim nabbed left winger Josh Brittain with 10th pick of the third round (71st overall). Brittain, 18 (1/3/90), made his OHL debut with Kingston last season, scoring 28-23=51 points with 106 PIM in 68 games. The 6-4, 210-pound Brittain was a teammate of Deschamps, O’Dell and McMillan on Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Russia, scoring 0-1=1 point with a +1 rating in seven games.
The Ducks had two more picks in the third round, at 83rd and 85th, and they took goalie Marco Cousineau of Baie-Comeau in the QMJHL and Brandon McMillan of Kelowna of the WHL. Cousineau, 18 (11/9/89), appeared in 58 games for Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL in 2007-08, posting a 34-19-0 record with a 2.81 goals-against average (GAA) and .903 save percentage (SV%). Following the regular season, the 6-0, 195-pound goaltender was named to the QMJHL Second-Team All-Star squad.
McMillan, 18 (3/22/90), scored 15-26=41 points with 56 PIM in 71 games with Kelowna of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2007-08. Over two seasons with Kelowna, the 5-10, 188-pound McMillan has recorded 17-36=53 points with 83 PIM in 126 games. McMillan, who represented Team B.C. at the 2007 Canada Winter Games, helped lead Canada to goal at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Russia, scoring 1-2=3 points in the tournament.
|Marco Cousineau |
The Ducks had only one selection in the fourth round, and used it on defenseman Ryan Hegarty of the U.S. Development Program.
Hegarty, 18 (5/16/90), scored 7-12=19 points with 48 PIM in 47 games for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program last year. The 6-0, 196-pound Hegarty also played for Team USA at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Russia, recording 0-3=3 points with a +5 rating and eight PIM.
Anaheim’s selection of defenseman Stefan Warg in the fifth round was supposed to be their last of the Draft, since they did not come into it with sixth and seventh round picks. The 6-2, 187-pounder from Stockholm, Sweden played in 33 games for Vasteras Jr. in the Swedish SuperElit league in 2007-08, scoring 2-6=8 points with 61 PIM.As the seventh round was winding down, the Ducks acquired Philadelphia's pick (208th) for Anaheim's seventh round selection in 2009. The Ducks used the pick to take defenseman Nick Pryor of the U.S. Development Program and Woodbury, Minnesota. Pryor, 17 (9/9/90), appeared in 53 games with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program last season, collecting 3-11=14 points with 12 PIM. The 5-11, 184-pound Pryor joined USDP teammate Hegarty on Team USA at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships in Russia, going scoreless with a +1 rating in seven tournament games. His father, Chris, played in the NHL from 1984-1990 for the New York Islanders and the Minnesota North Stars.