Ducks Draft Gardiner in First Round
Draft Resumes Tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. PT with Rounds Two through Seven
Friday, 06.20.2008 / 11:06 PM / NHL Entry Draft
|Ducks first round pick (17th overall) Jake Gardiner poses on stage with Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke, Director of Amateur Scouting Alain Chainey, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Bob Murray and Head Coach Randy Carlyle.
“Jake Gardiner can really skate and we are pleased that he will be attending a top collegiate program at Wisconsin,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke.
|Jake Gardiner Feature|
“Jake is one of the best skaters in the draft, if not the best,” said Anaheim Ducks Director of Amateur Scouting Alain Chainey. “He is good on the power play and brings an offensive dynamic that you don’t often find in a defenseman.”
Named the 2008 high school boys’ hockey All-Metro Player of the Year by the Star-Tribune, Gardiner was a finalist for Minnesota’s 2008 Mr. Hockey Award, given annually to the top Minnesota high school hockey player. The Minneapolis, MN native also represented Team USA at the 2007 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Gardiner will play for the University of Wisconsin in 2008-09.
Anaheim has eight picks remaining in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft: three second-round picks (35, 39, 43), three third-round picks (71, 83, 85), one fourth-round pick (113) and one fifth-round pick (143).