The Ducks selected six additional players through Rounds 2-7 of the 2015 NHL Draft today at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. In addition to yesterday’s first-round pick of Jacob Larsson (27th overall), the club selected centers Julius Nattinen (second round, 59th overall, pictured above) and Brent Gates Jr. (third round, 80th overall), right wing Deven Sideroff (third round, 84th overall), center/right wing Troy Terry (fifth round, 148th overall), defenseman Steven Ruggiero (sixth round, 178th overall) and goaltender Garrett Metcalf (sixth round, 179th overall).
Nattinen, 18 (1/14/97), played nine games for JYP of the Finnish Elite League last season, scoring 0-3=3 points in nine games. Nattinen played most of the season with JYP-Akatemia in Finland’s second division, recording 11-18=29 points with eight penalty minutes (PIM) in 39 games. The 6-2, 191-pound center helped Finland to a silver medal at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship and has also appeared in several other international tournaments.
Gates, 17 (8/12/97), has scored 21-21=42 points with 34 PIM in 83 games for Green Bay of the United States Hockey League (USHL) over the last two seasons. A 6-2, 196-pound center, Gates made his international debut at the 2014 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, helping Team USA to a bronze medal. He has committed to the University of Minnesota next season.
Sideroff, 18 (4/14/97), is a veteran of two seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) as a member of the Kamloops Blazers. The 5-11, 171-pound winger owns 19-29=48 points with 31 PIM in 76 career WHL games with Kamloops and finished his second season ranked tied for second on the team in scoring (17-25=42) and third in plus/minus (+18). Sideroff won bronze with Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 3-1=4 points with 12 PIM.
Terry, 17 (9/10/97), earned 19-25=44 points with eight PIM in 66 games for the U.S. National Development Under-18 team last season. At the international level, the 5-10, 160-pound forward contributed 4-1=5 points to help Team USA to a bronze at the 2014 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. Terry has committed to the University of Denver next season.
Ruggiero, 18 (1/1/97), posted 1-14=15 points in 66 games as a teammate of Troy Terry on the U.S. National Development Under-18 team last season. A 6-3, 200-pound defenseman, Ruggiero played the 2013-14 season with Youngstown of the USHL, earning 1-4=5 points with 22 PIM in 41 games. He has committed to Providence in 2015-16.
Metcalf, 19 (3/5/96), went 10-12-4 with one shutout, a 3.26 goals-against average (GAA) and .911 save percentage (SV%) in 33 games for Madison of the USHL last season. The 6-2, 181-pound goaltender is committed to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2015-16.