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Ducks Select C Lundestrom with 23rd Overall Pick in 2018 NHL Draft

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

DALLAS - With the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Ducks selected center Isac Lundestrom from Lulea of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Lundestrom, 18 (11/6/99), recorded 15 points (6g/9a) in 42 games with Lulea HF during the 2017-18 regular season.

"I was really emotional when I heard my name," Lundestrom said. "Huge honor to be a part of the Anaheim Ducks organization. A lot of good Swedish players there. I've also heard good things about Anaheim."

On the international stage, the Gallivare, Sweden native earned a silver medal with Team Sweden at the 2018 World Junior Championship where he recorded two goals in seven games. He also earned a bronze medal with Team Sweden at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and a silver medal at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship.

"He's a real good, solid hockey player," said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. "He plays the right way, a solid two-way player. He had a great World Junior tournament and that's saying something. Very bright. We are really happy with him."

The 6-foot, 183-pound center was ranked eighth among European skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings.

Rounds 2-7 will take place on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. PT on NHL Network.

The Ducks currently hold six picks in Rounds 2-6: 54th overall (second round), 79th overall and 85th overall (third round), 116th overall (fourth round), 147th overall (fifth round) and 178th overall (sixth round).

Video: Isac Lundeström talks about joining the Ducks

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