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A Recap of the Ducks' Five Selections in This Year's Draft

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 11:07 PM / News
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A Recap of the Ducks\' Five Selections in This Year\'s Draft
The Ducks selected right wing Nick Sorensen in the second round (45th overall)
The Ducks selected five players at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft today at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. In addition to first-round pick Shea Theodore (26th overall) earlier today, the club selected right wing Nick Sorensen (second round, 45th overall), defenseman Keaton Thompson (third round, 87th overall), right wing Grant Besse (fifth round, 147th overall), and center Miro Aaltonen (sixth round, 177th overall).

“We look for guys who we are passionate about as a staff, and Shea was the first one on our list,” said Ducks Director of Amateur Scouting Martin Madden. “We love the way he thinks the game, his mobility and his ability to bring offense from the point on the power play. Overall, we believe we got good players and value in the spots we selected from tonight.”

Sorensen, 18 (10/23/94), scored 20-27=47 points with a +10 rating and 18 PIM in 46 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) last season. Sorensen ranked third among team leaders in points-per-game (1.02), tied for fourth in goals and fifth in scoring. Among league rookies, he finished tied for eighth in scoring, tied for seventh in goals and tied for ninth in assists. The 6-0, 168-pound winger added 7-3=10 points in eight QMJHL Playoff games, leading the Ramparts in goals and ranking tied for second in scoring. The Holback, Denmark native made his QMJHL debut in 2010-11, earning 5-4=9 points with a +9 rating and eight PIM in eight games.

Thompson, 17 (9/14/95), collected 4-15=19 points with a +13 rating and 34 PIM in 63 games with the United States Under-18 Development Program (NTDP) last season. Among team defensemen, Thompson finished second in scoring and assists, and third in goals. The 6-0, 187-pound blueliner has spent two seasons in the program, earning 9-32=41 points with 71 PIM in 117 career games. A native of Edina, MN, Thompson ranked second among Under-17 team defensemen is goals (5), assists (17) and points (22) in 2011-12. He is scheduled to attend the University of North Dakota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in the fall.

Besse, 18 (7/14/94), appeared in 25 contests with Benilde-St. Margaret’s Catholic Prep (St. Louis Park, MN) in 2012-13, earning 44-25=69 points with 16 PIM. The 5-9, 170-pound winger is set to attend the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) next season with Ducks 2012 second-round selection Nicolas Kerdiles. A native of Edina, MN, Besse was bestowed with the 2013 Minnesota Mr. Hockey award this past season as the top senior player in Minnesota prep hockey. He helped Benilde-St. Margaret’s capture the 2012 Minnesota State hockey championship, setting a state tournament record by scoring all five of the Red Knights’ goals (three of them short-handed) in their 5-1 victory over Hill-Murray (St. Paul, MN) on Mar. 11, 2012.

Aaltonen, 20 (6/7/93), scored 11-5=16 points with 22 PIM in 32 games last season with the Espoo Blues of the Finnish Elite League. The native of Joensuu, Finland represented his country at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, recording 2-1=3 points with a +2 rating in one game before suffering an ankle injury that caused him to miss the remainder of the tournament. The 5-10, 168-pound center made his Finnish Elite League debut with Espoo in 2011-12, collecting 1-1=2 points with two PIM in 26 games.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 46 15 35 12 50
C. Perry 32 19 12 15 31
R. Kesler 47 13 17 -2 30
S. Vatanen 47 10 19 3 29
M. Beleskey 46 17 7 12 24
C. Fowler 46 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 39 4 18 1 22
H. Lindholm 46 5 14 13 19
J. Silfverberg 47 6 12 2 18
D. Smith-Pelly 41 4 11 5 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 26 6 5 .917 2.30

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