CHICAGO -- With the 91st overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Ducks have selected center/left wing Jack Badini from the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
"It's something I've been thinking about for a long time," said Badini. "To finally hear my name called, it's pretty special. It's an awesome organization. I'm looking forward to the good weather. Anaheim … unbelievable. I'm so excited."
Badini, 19, led the Steel in goals (28) and ranked third overall in points (28g/14a, 42 points) in 59 games during the 2016-17 season. The six-foot, 203-pound forward led his club to a Clark Cup championship with a league-best 17 points (7g/10a) in 14 playoff games.
"To be back here, it was only a month ago when we won the Clark Cup, it's pretty cool," said Badini. "I had my billet family in the crowd along with my parents. It was pretty special."
A native of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Badini has been invited to the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan from July 29-August 5. The event serves as an evaluation of players eligible to compete for the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York.
Badini, who will attend Harvard in the fall, earned 11 points (4g/7a) in 56 games with the Lincoln Stars during his first full season in the USHL (2015-16).
Badini will get his first taste of Southern California next week, as he's expected to attend the club's prospect development camp. "My aunt lives in San Francisco, but I was there when I was probably five," he said. "I haven't been to Anaheim yet. I'm looking forward to it."