Anaheim has a really good pool, despite losing Justin Schultz and Jake Gardiner the year before. They continue to develop well, and have a lot to look forward to on the backend to compliment Cam Fowler and the growing Luca Sbisa. They have some middling talent pushing for jobs, having shown some success at the AHL and European Pro levels.
1. Kyle Palmieri, Right Wing,
Syracuse Crunch, AHL,
26th overall, 2009
5’10, 190 lbs
Palmieri is a truly gifted skater who has produced at every level. He has blazing speed, and gives it 110% each shift. H has an ability to play a physical game and get under the skin of the opponent, though he'll need to get stronger for the NHL game for that side to translate well. He shows good puck skills, with the ability to finish.
Upside: Top Six Shift-Disturbing Goal Scorer
NHL Comparable: Brad Marchand
2. Rickard Rakell, Center
Plymouth Whalers, OHL
30th Overall, 2011
6’1, 185 lbs
Rakell is on the upswing, having proven me wrong last year. This Swede has exceptional puck skills with some highlight reel abilities. He makes plays well when he has the puck and can put the puck on the stick of his teammates. He works hard and can cycle the puck well along the boards.
Upside: Top Six Two-Way 'Glue' Forward
NHL Comparable: Patrice Bergeron