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Madden Discusses the 2012 NHL Draft

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 3:17 PM / News
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Madden Discusses the 2012 NHL Draft
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.




1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67


R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48 is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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