VANCOUVER -- With the 29th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Ducks select Brayden Tracey from Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Tracey, 18 (5/28/01), was awarded the Jim Piggott Trophy as WHL Rookie of the Year last season after leading all first-year skaters in goals (36), assists (45) and points (81). Tracey's 81 points were 19 more than the next closest WHL rookie.
"I can't describe it," Tracey said. "Something special having my family there. It's really emotional. I play with a big heart. I have a big chip on my shoulder, and I can produce offensively."
On the international stage, the Calgary, Alberta native helped Canada Red earn silver at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He also represented Canada at the 2019 Under-18 World Championship, where he earned seven points (4g/3a) in seven games.
"I kind of had a gut feeling," he said, on if he knew Anaheim was interested. "I'm very honored to be picked by such a great organization. They were the first meeting I had. They kind of said, if you're available at 29, what would it be like? I kind of had a feeling from there. Being picked by them is something special."
The six-foot, 170-pound left wing was ranked 21st among North American skaters Central Scouting's final rankings. In his profile on NHL.com, Tracey says he models his game after Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.
Video: Tracey talks about joining the Ducks