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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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