Logan's Run

After being taken in the first round of the draft a year ago, Logan MacMillan is still fighting his way into the Ducks' long-term plans

Monday, 06.30.2008 / 4:02 PM PT / Features
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Logan\'s Run

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

As he watched each fresh-faced selection burst from their seat with joy and stride atop the Scotiabank Place stage to shake Commissioner Gary Bettman’s hand at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Logan MacMillan’s mind flooded with memories of his time in their dress shoes one year ago.

As a center prospect from Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at the 2007 draft, MacMillan waited patiently in the bowels of Columbus’ Nationwide Arena for the big moment when his name would be called.

The time waiting would end up being shorter than MacMillan anticipated, as the Ducks made him the 19th overall selection.

“I was taken earlier than I expected to go, so I didn’t really have time to get nervous about not being taken,” MacMillan said. “I was sitting there with my family and I heard ‘From Halifax of the Quebec League…’, then I clued in that it was me. It was awesome.”

MacMillan says his being taken 19th overall was “earlier than I expected to go, so I didn’t really have time to get nervous.”

The son of former NHL player Bob MacMillan, Logan was targeted by the Ducks early on as a player who fit their system.

“Our guys liked him all year long because he was a good two-way player,” said Ducks Senior VP of Hockey Operations Bob Murray, who once played with MacMillan’s father in Chicago. “He was our type of guy, a character kid that played both ends of the ice and could give you some offense. He fits right into what we try to do here.”

Quickly following the draft, the 6-foot-1, 182-pound center came to Anaheim for an annual conditioning camp that gave him his first taste of being part of the Ducks organization. (He’s there for a second go-round this week.) Seeking to help the organization’s top prospects learn the ropes of professional hockey, the camp focuses on both on- and off-ice development.

“They’ve got to learn what it takes to be successful,” Murray said. “If you watch how hard Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Jean-Sebastien Giguere work, these guys have to get to that level. The sooner we can get them on that train to learning that, the better.”

The 2008 conditioning camp will run through Thursday at Anaheim Ice. A new wrinkle this year for all participants is its direction by the Ducks coaching staff (head coach Randy Carlyle and assistants Newell Brown and Dave Farrish) for the first time.

“Here I am again, starting all over pretty much,” MacMillan said. “When I think about the future, obviously I want to be playing here some day. I try to just take it one year at a time. You keep hoping, work hard and continue playing.”

“It’s pretty tough,” said MacMillan. “I’m trying to work hard and be intense. I think that’s what they’re looking for.”

In the year’s time since he last participated in the Ducks’ conditioning camp, MacMillian has had his share of ups and downs. Last summer the Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island native suffered a major concussion that kept him out of Ducks training camp and limited him to 46 games back in Halifax.

When he battled his way back onto the ice, MacMillan put up solid numbers (15 goals, 26 assists, 41 points) and helped lead the Mooseheads to the semifinals of the QMJHL playoffs before being swept by eventual champion Gatineau.

“He responded very well to some bad things happening to him,” Murray said. “He’s young. If he can fight through them now, he’ll be fine down the road. I think he has the character to be a good player.”

Still five days short of his 19th birthday, there still is an abundance of opportunity that lies ahead for MacMillan. Hopefully putting the injury woes of his first year in the Ducks organization behind him, his second effort is just starting at conditioning camp.

“Here I am again, starting all over pretty much,” MacMillan said. “When I think about the future, obviously I want to be playing here some day. I try to just take it one year at a time. You keep hoping, work hard and continue playing.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
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J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60


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