CHICAGO -- With the 50th overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Ducks have selected left wing Maxime Comtois from the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
"I'm excited, but I'm more excited that my best friend just got called by Anaheim," said Comtois, referring to Antoine Morand, taken 10 picks after him. "It's awesome. We're going to have the chance to be together again. I'm so excited to represent Anaheim. It's a team I look up to a lot. Players like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, they are players I look to model my game after. They are great leaders and some of the best in the NHL. I'm looking forward to be at camp."
Comtois, 18, finished fourth on the Tigres in scoring during the 2016-17 campaign with 51 points (22g/29a) in 64 games. The Delson, Quebec native was selected third overall in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft, and was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team after ranking third among first-year players with 60 points (26g/34a) in 62 games during the 2015-16 season.
"I'm going to work," said Comtois. "It's in my DNA - working hard. I'll try to be on the team as quickly as possible. I'm a two-way player that can play offensively and defensively. I'm versatile. I can play on the wing and at center."
On the international stage, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound winger represented Canada Red at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he was named to the tournament All-Star Team after pacing all players in assists (6) in six games (1g/6a). Additionally, Comtois represented Canada at the Under-18 World Championship (2016 and 2017) and the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.