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07-30-2012, 14:26
Anaheim Ducks Top 10 Prospects

1. Rickard Rakell, Right Wing
2. Kyle Palmieri, Right Wing
3. William Karlsson, Center
4. Emerson Etem, Right Wing
5. Hampus Lindholm, Defense
6. Sami Vatanen, Defense
7. Peter Holland, Center
8. Nicolas Kerdiles, Left Wing
9. Max Friberg, Left Wing
10. John Gibson, Goaltender

Organizational Ranking: 8th

System Overview: Losing Justin Schultz to the Oilers was a big blow to the top of this system, but it remains very strong. Anaheim was 24th in Goals For, so it should reassure Ducks fans to know scoring talent is significant and aplenty in their pipeline. Players like Rickard Rakell, William Karlsson, and Emerson Etem may still need some more time, but Kyle Palmieri, Peter Holland, and Sami Vatanen are knocking on the door. They boast two very strong goalie prospects, too, in John Gibson and Frederik Anderson, to go along with newly-signed Viktor Fasth, who isn't eligible as a prospect. Anaheim lacks that elite prospect, but they have quite a few well above-average ones.


1. Rickard Rakell, Right Wing
2010-11 Ranking: Unranked
Date of birth: 05/05/1993
Age: 19
Height: 6'2''
Weight: 190
Shoots: Right
Statistics: 60 GP 28 G 62 P (Plymouth-OHL)
Acquired: First round, 30th overall in 2011 by Anaheim

The Good: Rakell is an extremely skilled puck-handler. He can make highlight reel moves regularly and has really impressed with the high level of offensive potential he displayed this season relative to last season. He's a creative passer as well who can make plays to his teammates. Rakell has a decent strength level and can protect the puck fine along the walls along with a good overall on-ice work ethic. He's a decent skater.

The Bad: He can be a victim of trying to do too much on the ice in regards to fancy plays and it happens with frequency.

Projection: He could be a below-average first line winger.


2. Kyle Palmieri, Right Wing
2010-11 Ranking: 2nd
Date of birth: 02/01/1991
Age: 21
Height: 5'10''
Weight: 193
Shoots: Right
Statistics: 51 GP 33 G 57 P (Syracuse-AHL)
Acquired: First round, 26th overall in 2009 by Anaheim

The Good: Palmieri is a very gifted offensive player who is good in all aspects of the game. His skating has improved significantly from years ago to the point where scouts call him a "tremendous skater" and a true blazer. He has good puck skills, above-average hockey sense with the puck as a passer, and good off-puck awareness in both ends. Palmieri is a gritty player who gives it his all every shift. He also is a great finisher who can snipe shots past goalies from a distance. He's dominated the AHL level and is ready for the next step.

The Bad: Despite his impressive intangibles, Palmieri's size keeps him from projecting as a true top-flight player due to the fact he's maybe an average physical player at best and may even be below average. He should keep improving on his strength level as well.

Projection: He could be a great second line winger.


3. William Karlsson, Center
2010-11 Ranking: 8th
Date of birth: 01/08/1993
Age: 19
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 176
Shoots: Left
Statistics: 46 GP 12 G 45 P (Vasteras-Allsvenskan)
Acquired: Second round, 53rd overall in 2011 by Anaheim

The Good: Karlsson is gifted in terms of raw puck possession skills. He's very creative and can regularly make high-level plays with the puck as he is very coordinated. He's a plus thinker who is imaginative in the offensive end and also makes as many plays in his own end. Karlsson supports his defensemen well, works hard to get the puck out, and makes good defensive-end reads.

The Bad: His skating has improved somewhat, and can look decent in a straight line, but he still looks sluggish at times. Karlsson needs to put on a ton of weight and strength as well before excelling in the North American pro game.

Projection: He could be a very good second line center scoring-wise who can log tough defensive minutes.