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Ducks Select Four Players to Conclude 2016 NHL Draft

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks selected four additional players to conclude the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY. Beginning in round three, the Ducks tabbed Joshua Mahura (85th overall), Jack Kopacka (fourth round, 93rd overall), Alex Dostie (fourth round, 115th overall), and Tyler Soy (seventh round, 205th overall). The Ducks picked a total of six players in the draft, following yesterday’s first-round selections of left wing Max Jones (24th overall) and center Sam Steel (30th overall).

“We are pleased with our draft it its entirety, including the addition of some solid prospects in the later rounds,” said Ducks Director of Professional and Amateur Scouting Martin Madden. “We were able to address some needs with respect to adding prospects at the forward position and look forward to developing all six players toward NHL careers.”

The Ducks selected defenseman Joshua Mahura in the third round (85th overall). The 6-0, 184-pound defenseman played at Red Deer of the Western Hockey League (WHL) the last two seasons. He missed the first 70 games of the season last year with a knee injury, but returned to play the final two games of the season and following 17 playoff games (2-2=4 points in the postseason). Mahura, 18 (5/5/98), played 51 games with Red Deer in 2014-15, scoring 2-6=8 points with 20 penalty minutes (PIM). The St. Albert, Alberta native also played for the Canada Under-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in 2015-16, recording one goal in five games (gold medal).

The Ducks selected left wing Jack Kopacka in the fourth round with the 93rd overall selection. The Lapeer, MI native played with Sault Ste. Marie the last two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He scored 20-23=43 points with 12 PIM in 67 games last season. Kopacka, 18 (3/5/98), recorded two assists in Game 7 of their first round upset vs. Sarnia during the OHL playoffs. The 6-2, 185-pounder recorded one assist in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January.

With their second pick in the fourth round (115th overall), the Ducks selected center Alex Dostie. The Drummondville, Quebec native played with Gatineau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) the last three seasons. He posted career-highs last season with 25-48=73 points, adding 10 PIM in 54 games. Dostie, 19 (4/13/97), added 6-4=10 points in 10 postseason games. The 5-10, 165-pounder posted his first 20+ goal season in 2014-15 with Gatineau, scoring 22-32=54 points with 16 PIM. He also played for Quebec at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, playing in six games.

Anaheim selected center Tyler Soy in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2016 draft. The Richmond, British Columbia native played the last three seasons with Victoria of the WHL. He ranked second in the WHL in goals last season with 46 (46-39=85 points in 72 games). Soy, 19 (2/10/97), posted 28-35=63 points with 29 PIM in 2014-15 with Victoria. The 6-0, 174-pounder also played for the Canada Under-18 Team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2014, scoring 2-4=6 points in five games. In 2013-14, he played for the Pacific side at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 2-3=5 points in six games.

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