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ESPN Gives Ducks' 2020 Draft an 'A' Grade

by Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com

Via Chris Peters on ESPN+

The 2020 NHL draft has finally come to a close. It was a long road to this year's virtual draft, but all 31 teams walk away with an injection of young talent for their respective pipelines and begin to look ahead to this week's looming free agency. Surprises hit as early as the first round -- well after the Rangers, as expected, took Alexis Lafreniere at No. 1 -- and though each team has new prospects to develop in its system, some classes were better than others.

Let's grade each team's draft class. Which franchises had the best drafts? Which left a lot to be desired? Remember, we won't know just how all 31 teams did over the course of the two-day draft for a few years. There's a long way to go in player development, so view this not as a final evaluation but rather as an initial impression. Learn more about the class with our extensive draft content, including other reaction analysis:

Anaheim Ducks: A

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Ducks Assistant GM Madden Recaps Club's Selections in 2020 NHL Draft

by Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com

Ducks Assistant General Manager Martin Madden recaps the selections the club made in the 2020 NHL Draft.

How was the marathon that was the second day of the draft?
Had a good day. A long day. Longest day every at a draft table, but we're happy.

Can you give an assessment of the guys you selected?
Last night we ended up with a great defenseman [Jamie Drysdale] at the top of the draft. We saw a clear demarcation between the two defensemen at the top of the draft and the rest of the them. We're really happy to get our hands on Jamie. Super smart, mobile, agile, skilled. He's a great player.

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Ducks Select Six Players on Second Day of 2020 NHL Draft

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks selected six additional players through Rounds 2-7 of the 2020 NHL Draft today. In addition to last night's first-round picks of defenseman Jamie Drysdale (sixth overall) and right wing Jacob Perreault (27th overall), the club selected right wing Sam Colangelo (second round, 36th overall), defenseman Ian Moore (third round, 67th overall), defenseman Thimo Nickl (fourth round, 104th overall), left wing Artyom Galimov (fifth round, 129th overall), center Albin Sundsvik (sixth round, 160th overall) and center Ethan Bowen (seventh round, 207th overall).

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Ducks Select Bowen with 207th Overall Pick in 2020 NHL Draft

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

With the 207th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Ducks select Ethan Bowen from Chilliwack of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). The 6-foot-1, 154-pound center ranked fifth on the Chiefs in assists (19) and seventh in points (31) in 41 games last season. He also ranked fifth on the club in power-play goals (4) and seventh in power-play assists (6).

The Ducks acquired the 207th pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2021 or 2022 conditional seventh-round selection.

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Ducks Select Sundsvik with 160th Overall Pick in 2020 NHL Draft

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

With the 160th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Ducks select Albin Sundsvik from Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). The 6-foot-2, 187-pound center has earned six points (4g/2a) in 54 career games with Skelleftea. He has one assist in four SHL games to begin the 2020-21 campaign with Skelleftea after tallying four points (3g/1a) in 38 SHL contests last season.

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Ducks Select Galimov with 129th Overall Pick in 2020 NHL Draft

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

With the 129th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Ducks select Artyom Galimov from Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The six-foot, 176-pound left wing earned the Alexei Cherepanov Award as the 2019-20 KHL Rookie of the Year after earning 23 points (13g/10a) in 55 games with Ak Bars Kazan. Galimov also co-led the KHL with eight game-winning goals last season and had three assists in four playoff games.

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Ducks Select Nickl with 104th Overall Pick in 2020 NHL Draft

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

With the 104th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Ducks select Thimo Nickl from Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The 6-foot-2, 176-pound defenseman ranked second among Voltigeurs blueliners in scoring last season with 39 points (10g/29a) in 58 games as a rookie.

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Get to Know Ducks Draft Pick Ian Moore

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Get to know a little more about defenseman Ian Moore, who was selected 67th overall in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Hometown
Concord, Massachusetts

Not a lot of people know that I...
Like doing magic tricks

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Ducks Select Moore with 67th Overall Pick in 2020 NHL Draft

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

With the 67th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Ducks select Ian Moore from St. Mark's School of the United States High School Prep League (USHS-Prep). The 6-foot-2, 171-pound defenseman led New England prep hockey defensemen in scoring with 46 points (12g/34a) in 28 games for St. Mark's School last season.

Moore, 18 (1/4/02), entered the draft as the No. 2-ranked skater from Massachusetts high school hockey.

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Q&A with 36th Overall Pick Colangelo

by Anaheim Ducks / AnaheimDucks.com

Shortly after being selected by the Ducks with the 36th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, right wing Sam Colangelo spoke on a Zoom call with members of the media.

How did it feel hearing your name called by Anaheim?
I had a bunch of family and friends here last night to watch. I didn't get picked, but I kind of had a gut feeling today that Anaheim would be the team. I had some great conversations with them. I'm super excited to be a Duck. It's a dream come true. I've dreamed of this my entire life. I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the Ducks family.

I can't even put it into words. It happened probably about an hour ago and it hasn't left my mind since. I'm so excited. This is a dream come true.

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