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Madden Discusses the 2012 NHL Draft

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
With a total of 211 players hearing their names called over the last two days, another NHL Draft is in the books. The 2012 installment featured Anaheim selecting a total of eight players, including five defensemen.

Director of Amateur Scouting Martin Madden was a very busy man, as he helped lead the way at Anaheim's draft table on the floor of the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. At the conclusion of the draft, he spoke with local reporters via conference call. The following is a transcript:

On if the Ducks considered moving down in the first round

We did our homework and figured that (Lindholm) was probably the guy who we were going to get. He was a guy who we wanted. Even though the outside perception is that we might be able to trade back, through the due diligence we did, we couldn’t afford that luxury. We were going to lose him and going to lose the two other options that were alongside of him in order to drop back to the options that ended up being available on draft day. It would have taken another first round pick for us to move back and that didn’t come, so we weren’t going to risk losing him for a second round pick. That is how that came down.

On what separates Lindholm from other defensemen in the draft
Overall, nobody is as strong in every aspect of the game at this point and projecting forward. What we like the most about Hampus is his poise and the fact that he can still play with passion. He can push the pace while a poised game. He’s a very mature kid and he’s still growing, still getting bigger.

He comes from a very good family. He’s been put in positions of responsibility for the last few years. He’s played with men. He’s just a very even-keeled, quietly confident individual. That is what impressed us.

We like the fact what we saw early on in the under-18 tournaments was reflected in his play with the men’s team. His game never changes. It doesn’t matter the pressure of the game or who he is matched up against. He’s mentally prepared to play at a high level.

On the strategy during the second day of the draft
As usual, the first three rounds we go with the best player available. We were hoping for a d-man in the third round. We weren’t looking for a goalie necessarily at that point. But the player we thought had a chance of sliding down to us, did not. We were trying to move up, but weren’t able to. At that point, Frederik was by far the best player available on our board. We were happy to go with a goalie, even though we think we’re good enough there. Nick was one of the two or three players that we were hoping to get early in the second. We also tried to move up in those first five picks to make sure we got Nick or the other player. We weren’t able to, but he fell to there. We were really happy with that. He is so ecstatic about being a Duck. We’re really happy to have him.

On Kerdiles
He’s just a smart, hard-working player. He’s a two-way player and has a big shot. I really like the release on his wrist shot. It allows him to score goals at this level and I think it will allow him to score at the next level as well. He should be able to work his way up the lineup. His versatility was very enticing.

On Andersen
He’s a very big goalie, very calm. He is mostly butterfly style. He’s just a very calm, athletic, big goalie.

On selecting a few players from the USHL
It wasn’t by design. We figured that those kids would be options with those picks, two in the fourth and the fifth round pick. I can’t say they were targeted because they were USHL players. I scouted them because the guys coming at me were really excited about them. We’re happy to have them now.

On Roy
Kevin Roy is similar player to Jason Blake. He has very quick hands. He is smart, scores lots of ugly goals and goes to the net. He has really good anticipation. He is a smaller player, but I don’t think it’s going to keep him out of the league. He scored more goals than anybody in the USHL since 1993. He had a really impressive season. He’s a very impressive kid off the ice as well.
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