Since the Anaheim Ducks went defense with Shea Theodore in round one, it was savvy to address the offensive side in the second round. The franchise made winger Nick Sorensen the 45th pick of the 2013 NHL draft, bringing in a young skater whose already impressed playing for Quebec in the QMJHL.
“I felt very good after meeting with Anaheim,” Sorensen said, shortly after being drafted by the Ducks. “It was the team I really wanted to go to. I couldn’t be happier. The Ducks have so many good players. Perry and Getzlaf obviously. I’m really happy also because [Hampus] Lindholm and [Rickard] Rakell are good friends of mine. I was really hoping it was Anaheim, a great situation for me.”
Sorensen is widely viewed a strong two-way player with a well-rounded game and a dedication to getting back on defense. He could be a key piece of the Ducks for years to come and an example for rookies who come after him.
“A two-way player who works hard on the ice, Sorensen is perhaps a step behind when it comes to his development due to missed time with injuries. Healthy now, he shows no ill effects and no trepidation on the ice,” according to the Hockey’s Future report. Although not the strongest player, he doesn’t shy away from working hard in the corners and driving the net. A great skater, Sorensen is a playmaker first and foremost but also has an accurate shot that he can get off quickly.