Like I said in part 1, before the draft I was hoping for the Anaheim Ducks to draft Chris Kreider with their 1st round. However I did not know the Ducks were going to get a second first round pick until the Chris Pronger trade was made. Since I didn’t have the time before the draft to research who I wanted with the second pick I just circled about 5 names that I thought would be good picks after the trade was made. One of the names that I had circled was Kyle Palmieri, and that is exactly who the Ducks took. So here is a look at the final 6 picks the Ducks took in the 2009 draft.
1st round 26th pick- With their second first round pick the Ducks took Kyle Palmieri. My favorite pick of the draft, and also one of the best prospects in the orginazation. Palmieri has a good chance to make the NHL team next season due to the vacancies of veteran free agents like Jason Blake, and Niklas Hagman. It all depends on if the Ducks add another player via free agency, but even if they do Palmieri has shown he is ready to play with the Ducks after a great second pro season that was mostly spent in Syracuse of the AHL. With 58 points in 51 games Palmieri showed he has what it takes to make the next step in the 2012-2013 season. I would like to see him on the 2nd line although last season when he played on the 3rd line with Bobby Ryan for a handful of games looked really good, and wouldn’t be surprised if they went that way as well.
2nd round 37th pick- After drafting 2 forwards the Ducks took stay at home defenseman Mat Clark in the 2nd round. At 6’3″ 205lbs. Clark has the size you look for in a good shutdown defenseman. He spent his first 2 pro seasons in at Syracuse of the AHL. He did get a small taste of the NHL when the Ducks had a couple of D-men go down to injury. There is no offense in Clark’s game, but he could still turn out to be a good player in the Sean O’Donnell mold. He did have a reputation of throwing big hits in juniors, but I have not seen much of that myself. That could just be a case of getting comfortable at the pro level and it is possible the physical play will come later, as he does have the size for that. As long as he stays reliable in his own end though he should be a good defensive prospect for the Ducks.
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