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

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 8:07 PM PT / 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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 7 2 3 4 5
J. Silfverberg 7 0 5 1 5
R. Kesler 7 4 0 2 4
A. Cogliano 7 2 2 -1 4
S. Vatanen 7 1 3 4 4
C. Perry 7 0 4 -7 4
C. Fowler 7 1 2 -2 3
C. Stewart 7 1 2 2 3
D. Perron 7 1 2 3 3
H. Lindholm 7 0 3 6 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 3 2 0 .947 1.41
J. Gibson 0 2 0 .900 3.08

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