The 2010 draft will always be a special one for me, as it is the only one I have attended live so far. It took place at the Staples Center here in Los Angeles so that made it a pretty easy drive. Couple that with it might be the Anaheim Ducks most successful draft since 2003 when the Ducks drafted Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Shane O’Brien, and Drew Miller. The chance of the 2010 equaling that one is small, but it probably has the best chance of getting close.
1st round 12th overall- The Ducks lucked out when their first pick came up. Most thought Cam Fowler was a top 5 pick. Once he was still there at pick #10 I thought for sure the NY Rangers would take them, but they wanted to get bigger and took defenseman Dylan McIlrath instead. The pick at #11 wasn’t as much of a shock as the Dallas Stars were looking for a goalie and took Jack Campbell. Leaving Cam Fowler for the Ducks. I was jumping up and down at Staples Center as he was a player I really liked in the draft watching him play for both team USA at the WJC, and for the Windsor Spitfires at the Memorial Cup. Fowler had a great rookie season scoring 40 points, and then took kind of a step backwards in his second season scoring 29. In both seasons he had a really bad +/- and that is something I am sure he will work on in his 3rd season. He is such a good skater, and has enough skill that I am really expecting Fowler to step up and have a great season with the Ducks in the 2012-2013 season.
1st round 29th overall- The Ducks luck didn’t end with the selection of Fowler. Most rankings had Emerson Etem going in the top 15, but there he was when the Ducks picked at 29. The crowd cheered loudly when he was selected as he was the local player in the draft being from Long Beach. Being that I didn’t think Fowler would be there at 12 Etem was actually a player I thought the Ducks might be looking to take him with their first pick, so to get them both and to be there live was a real fun experience for me. Etem was a goal scoring machine for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL. He scored 50 goals in 50 games, and after playing all 65 games Etem had a total of 61 goals and 107 points. Etem will have a shot to make the Ducks out of camp in the upcoming season, but most likely will at least start the season in the AHL. With his speed, and goal scoring ability a lot of people think Etem might be the player that eventually replaces Teemu Selanne, when Selanne eventually retires.
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