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The Anaheim Ducks went after forwards during the draft after picking defensemen the last few years.

The Ducks thought that there was a lack of depth up front and while their philosophy is to take the best player available, they certainly tried to add to their forward group. "Our depth at the forward prospects is not as strong as it is on defense," director of amateur scouting Martin Madden said. "Last year, a few defensemen fell to us and we just could not pass on them. This year, at almost every pick, we felt there was more value with the forward group." The Ducks had two first round picks and selected Max Jones and Sam Steel, both forwards.
Jun 26 - 6:42 AM

Max Jones likely dropped down the rankings after he picked up a 12 game suspension in the playoffs for his blindside hit on Justin Brack.

It wasn't pretty and it happened in Game 4 of the first round of the OHL playoffs, causing the winger to miss most of the remaining playoff games which the scouts watched closely. "He’s got to grow up a little bit," Anaheim GM Bob Murray said. "He’s immature. He’s got to grow up. If you saw after that and watched him play, he was much better at the Memorial Cup. He was very good, very under control. I’d rather have to tame a guy down than have to try to prop a guy up." Jones will continue to play for London next season as he takes on a bigger role. Look for Jones to be a 20 goal, 55 point player with plenty of penalty minutes once he establishes himself in the NHL.
Jun 25 - 6:33 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have chosen Sam Steel with the 30th pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

The pick initially belonged to Pittsburgh, but it was sent to Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade. The Leafs flipped the selection to Anaheim in the Frederik Andersen deal. Sam Steel's top attribute is his elite hockey-sense and intelligence. At just 5’11" and 180 lbs, he has acute awareness both for himself and the other players on the ice. He posted 27 goals and 70 points for Regina (WHL) in 72 games, then added six goals and 16 points in 12 playoff games. His ability to excel in high-pressure situations is not questioned, nor are his raw abilities as a reliable two-way centerman, but he also has no additional defining attributes beyond his intellect. It's a lot harder to get by on smarts alone as one moves up the ranks. Seen as a "safe prospect", Steel ought to achieve a solid NHL career regardless.
Jun 24 - 10:54 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have chosen Max Jones with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Max Jones has three distinctive attributes; his frenetic pace, his scoring ability, and his snarl. Jones posted 28 goals and 52 points in 63 games for London (OHL) in 2015-16, along with 106 PIMs. Few doubt Jones' ability to be the type of second-line power forward all teams covet, but it's widely accepted his brain has yet to catch up to his feet and lacks creativity. Still, there's a reason why the acronym K.I.S.S exists and perhaps all the 6'2" and 205 lbs kid needs is post-teenaged maturity. He will bring plenty of energy to the Ducks, but he'll need to be more disciplined at the NHL level.
Jun 24 - 10:15 PM

The trade winds are blowing in Anaheim, as sources are reporting defenseman Cam Fowler could be on the move before Friday's NHL draft.

Fowler is a terrific young puck mover with decent fantasy value if put in the right situation. If he moves to a team with a capable defense partner, his value can be on the rise.
Jun 23 - 8:21 PM

Michael Sgarbossa has agreed to a one-year extension with Anaheim.

Sgarbossa had 17 goals and 44 points in 62 AHL games last season. The 23-year-old has also appeared in 10 career NHL contests.
Jun 23 - 5:20 PM

John Gibson will be Anaheim's top option in goal next season now that Frederik Andersen has been traded to Toronto.

However, GM Bob Murray wants to add a backup goalie who is capable of seeing plenty of action in 2016-17. "We don't want to overplay John yet," Murray said. "(The backup will) have to be able to play 25 to 30 games. Character and hard-working type of guy. There are a few of them out there." Gibson posted a 21-13-4 record in 2015-16 along with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.
Jun 21 - 11:10 AM

Rickard Rakell isn't arbitration eligible, so his contract talks could be put on hold while the Ducks address other off-season moves first.

He enjoyed a breakout season in 2015-16 with 20 goals and 23 assists in 72 contests. "They're at a point where we give them qualifying offers," GM Bob Murray said referring to Rakell and fellow RFA Hampus Lindholm. "That is not a time-sensitive issue. That could take well into August and September before that gets done. We'll take our time. Obviously they're very important to the organization and we hope to get them signed and keep them for long term."
Jun 20 - 10:00 AM

Joseph Cramarossa signed his qualifying offer with Anaheim last Wednesday.

He has a one-year contract with a $724,500 cap hit. Cramarossa will earn $70,000 if he plays in the AHL in 2016-17. He generated 17 points in 61 games with the San Diego Gulls last season.
Jun 20 - 8:37 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Andrew O'Brien to a one-year, two-way contract.

The deal will pay him $632,500 if he plays in the NHL and $62,500 when he's in the AHL. The 23-year-old was a fourth round pick of the Ducks back in 2012. He's yet to play in an NHL game in his career. O'Brien scored six goals and 14 points in 59 games with AHL San Diego in 2015-16. He has no fantasy value going forward.
Jun 19 - 2:14 PM

If the Anaheim Ducks are unable to reach a long-term agreement with Hampus Lindholm, look for a bridge contract.

The Ducks would love to sign the 22-year-old to a five-year (or longer) contract that would take him past a year of free agency. But if both sides cannot agree, then the Ducks would like the defenseman under contract for a couple of seasons and then bargain for a long-term deal. Lindholm is considered a top-two defenseman in the future and he managed 10 goals and 28 points in the regular season. Look for the talented blueliner to hit the 35 point mark in 2016-17 and draft him accordingly.
Jun 19 - 7:59 AM

Sami Vatanen's recently signed contract comes with a partial no-trade clause for the last two years of the agreement.

Vatanen inked a four-year, $19.5 million extension that prevented him from becoming a restricted free agent. There were some trade rumors regarding him during the 2016-17 campaign, but after inking this deal we don't expect the Ducks to move him anytime soon.
Jun 18 - 4:05 PM

Sami Vatanen has agreed to a four-year, $19.5 million contract extension.

Vatanen would have become a restricted free agent this summer after completing his two-year, $2,525,000 deal. He earned that big pay raise after recording 37 points in 2014-15 and 38 points last season. He's also averaged over 21 minutes per game in each of the last two seasons. He was brought up in trade rumors during the 2015-16 campaign, but it seems safe to say that he'll be sticking with the Ducks for now.
Jun 18 - 12:51 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov is interested in returning to the NHL.

Given Bryzgalov's poor showing in Anaheim during the 2014-15 campaign combined with his issues before that, we're not confident there will be much interest in his services. Keep in mind he'll also be turning 36 on Jun. 22, so his age is now a factor too. Still, there might be a team willing to take a chance on him, at the very least as a training camp invite.
Jun 16 - 2:59 PM

Recently appointed Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle is leaning towards retaining Paul MacLean and Trent Yawney has his assistants.

With MacLean and Yawney's help, the Ducks led the NHL on both the power play and penalty kill in 2015-16. "Am I going to make a change with two people that had that kind of success in the previous year, and their good hockey men and they’re good people and they work hard," Carlyle said. "That’s the way I evaluate people on what they do and how they present themselves day in day out." The future of the Ducks' third assistant, Rich Preston, is less clear.
Jun 16 - 8:00 AM


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