The Anaheim Ducks have been a model of consistency in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division of late, surpassing the 100-point mark as a team in each of their past five campaigns.
Depth has long been a critical component of the Ducks’ on-ice approach and resulting success, as seemingly every member of the roster has come to play a particular and important role. Fortunately for Anaheim and the team’s slowly yet steadily growing fanbase, the Ducks have shown very few signs of slowing down and stand poised to receive young and talented reinforcements in the near future.
Stanley Cups: One
2017-18 Record: 44-25-13; 101 Points
2017-18 Top Scorer: Rickard Rakell; 34G, 35A, 69PTS
Farm System Grade: A
Top 10 Prospects:
- Sam Steel
- Isac Lundestrom
- Jacob Larsson
- Troy Terry
- Maxime Comtois
- Josh Mahura
- Antoine Morand
- Max Jones
- Benoit-Olivier Groulx
- Blake McLaughlin
The State of the Ducks’ Farm System
Similar to the team’s roster itself, the Ducks’ farm system is deep and comprised of a number of highly talented and promising prospects. Leading the way is Sam Steel, a centre who has dominated the WHL since his first round selection by Anaheim in 2016. In his 120 regular season games played for the Regina Pats following his selection, Steel totalled 83 goals and 214 points alongside a Four Broncos Trophy as WHL MVP and Stafford Smythe Trophy as Memorial Cup MVP.
Sure to aid Steel at the NHL-level in the future are all of Jacob Larsson, shoot-out savant Troy Terry, and 2018 first round choice Isac Lundestrom. In Larsson, the Ducks boast a mature defender of ample size whose experience in the SHL should allow him to jump to the NHL-level with little issue. Further, in Terry and Lundestrom, Anaheim holds two potential star forwards defined by their fine pucks skills and general potency.
Providing even greater depth to Anaheim’s prospect pool are Maxime Comtois, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, and Blake McLaughlin — three players who need greater seasoning yet will surely play a role for Anaheim in the semi-distant future. In Comtois, the Ducks downright stole a sizeable and highly skilled winger who is arguably ready for the NHL. Further, in Olivier-Groulx, Anaheim nabbed a rugged centre who can produce offence to boot.
In short, the Ducks’ farm system features impressive depth alongside a slew of highly talented players who should seize full-time roles with the team in the near future. Although lacking a high-end prospect so-to-speak, Anaheim is flush with players of tantalizing skill who should lead the team at both ends of the ice for years to come.
One Ducks Prospect to Watch
Of the Ducks’ top prospects, the one player to watch in particular is none other than Terry.
A lethal offensive force for Team USA at the WJC, Terry is a slick puck-handler who can produce offence with remarkable consistency. A steal for Anaheim given the fact that he was nabbed by the franchise in the fifth-round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Terry could and should develop into a top-six forward at the NHL-level in the years ahead — providing the Ducks with a greater level of scoring depth within their lineup.
Come the 2018-19 season, Terry will suit up for the San Diego Gulls in his first full season of professional hockey. However, owing to his remarkable skill-set, it would come as no surprise to see Terry earn a handful of games at the NHL-level with Anaheim. While he may not be the biggest player on the ice, Terry’s creativity and raw lethality should afford him a long and successful career at hockey’s highest level.