Thursday, April 21, 2022

How Anaheim Ducks can build a Contending Team by Draft

 The Anaheim Ducks are a rebuilding team right now but if they draft right in the next couple of years, they could be a contender in a few years. This is how the Anaheim Ducks should draft the next few years.

Before the 2022 Draft, two trades are made:

Anaheim Ducks trade Jakob Silfverberg to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Kasperi Kapanen, Danton Heinen, 2024 3rd round pick.

The Penguins add a veteran in Jakob Silfverberg, while the Ducks get two solid depth players in Kasperi Kapanen and Danton Heinen as well as a 3rd round pick.

The Ducks also trade Sonny Milano, Zach Aston Reese to the Chicago Blackhawks for Dominik Kubalik, 2022 3rd round pick.

The Ducks trade Sonny Milano and Zach Aston Reese, two solid players to the Blackhawks for a top 6 winger in Dominik Kubalik and a draft pick.

2022 Draft

12-Jonathan Lekkerimaki

24-Tristan Luneau

44-Owen Pickering

60-David Goyotte

90-Jake Furlong

108-Ludwig Persson

140-Nicholas Mouldenhauer

154-Colton Smith

Anaheim improve their prospect pool tremendously with the additions of 5 forwards and 3 defensemen.

Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:

Dominik Kubalik-3yrs/3.75M per

Kasperi Kapanen-3yrs/3.25M per

Isac Lundestrom-3yrs/2.75M per

Danton Heinen-2yrs/2.5M per

Sam Steel-2yrs/1.7M per

Urho Vaakanainen-2yrs/900k per

Simon Benoit-2yrs/800k per

Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs

Anaheim Ducks sign the Following Free Agents:

Andrew Copp-4yrs/4.2M per

Ilya Mikheyev-3yrs/3.5M per

At the 2023 Trade Deadline, One trade is made

Anaheim Ducks trade Kevin Shattenkirk, Derek Grant to the Nashville Predators for Alexandre Carrier, 2023 2nd round pick.  If the Predators make the second round of the playoffs, the 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick.

The Predators add two veteran players to bolster their playoff chances, while the Ducks get Alexandre Carrier and a 2nd round pick, which could turn into a 1st.

The Anaheim Ducks miss the playoffs in the 2022-23 season and end up with the 10th pick in the draft.

Before the 2023 Draft, two trades are made

Anaheim Ducks trade Cam Fowler to the Minnesota Wild for Carson Lambos, Alexander Khovanov, 2024 1st round pick. 

The Ducks get Carson Lambos and Alexander Khovonov, two of the Wild's top prospects and a 1st round pick in exchange for Cam Fowler.

The Ducks also trade Adam Henrique to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Liam Foudy, 2023 3rd round pick.

Anaheim gets a solid young prospect and a 3rd round pick in exchange for Adam Henrique.

At the 2023 Draft, the Anaheim Ducks trade picks 42, 51, 63 to the Washington Capitals for pick 24.

2023 Draft

10-Otto Stenberg

24-Mikhail Gulyayev

27-Koehn Ziemmer

74-Timo Bunzli

75-Samuel Sisik

85-Jacob Sagadin

The Anaheim Ducks draft 6 solid prospects to add to the already stacked prospect pool.

Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:

Trevor Zegras-8yrs/8M per

Jamie Drysdale-5yrs/4.5M per

Maxime Comtois-5yrs/4M per

Troy Terry-4yrs/3.5M per

Alexandre Carrier-2yrs/2.5M per

Liam Foudy-2yrs/950k per

Alexander Khovanov-2yrs/925k per

Lukas Dostal-2yrs/1M per

Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs

Anaheim Ducks sign the Following Free Agents:

Ryan Graves-4yrs/3.8M per

The Anaheim Ducks finish the 2023-24 season, and end up with the 6th pick in the draft.

2024 Draft

6-Aidan Park

21-Tanner Howe

38-Tuomas Suoniemi

52-Nilopekka Muhonen

70-Anton Olsson

Anaheim adds three elite forwards and two big defensemen in the 2024 Draft.

Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:

Mason McTavish-5yrs/5.5M per

Jacob Perrault-3yrs/3.5M per

Carson Lambos-3yrs/3.5M per

Brayden Tracey-3yrs/3.5M per

Urho Vaakanainen-3yrs/2.5M per

Simon Benoit-1yr/1M

Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs

Anaheim Ducks breakthrough in the 2024-25 season and make the playoffs, only to lose in the first round.

I won't be doing the 2025 Draft because there is not enough known about the prospects available at this point.

Before the 2025-26 season, two trades are made

Anaheim Ducks trade Dominik Kubalik, Alexander Khovanov, 2026 2nd round pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for Ryan Suzuki, Dominik Bokk.

The Ducks add Ryan Suzuki and Dominik Bokk, two great young players, who will help fill out the depth.

The Ducks also trade Isac Lundestrom, Kasperi Kapanen to the Montreal Canadiens for Jake Evans, 2026 2nd round pick, 2027 3rd round pick.

Anaheim makes a blockbuster trade with Montreal sending Lundestrom, Kasperi Kapanen to the Habs for Jake Evans and two draft picks.

Anaheim Ducks re-sign the following players:

Alexandre Carrier-3yrs/2.5M per

Liam Foudy-3yrs/2M per

Jake Evans-1.8M per

Lukas Dostal-3yrs/1.5M per

Anaheim Ducks re-sign All Non-Roster RFAs

By the 2025-26 season, the Anaheim Ducks have put together a contending team

2025-26 Anaheim Ducks










Top Prospects:

F: J.Lekkerimaki, O.Stenberg, K.Ziemmer, A.Park, T.Howe, T.Suoniemi, D.Goyotte

D: O.Pickering, M.Gulyayev, N.Muhonen, A.Olsson

The Anaheim Ducks have an up-and-coming young team that looks ready to contend for cups in the next few years.

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