The Anaheim Ducks once again bolstered their organizational depth and addressed team needs with eight selections at the 2012 NHL Draft. Five of the picks from that draft will be featured in this ranking, with Hampus Lindholm leading the newest recruits to the Ducks' organization.
1. (1) Kyle Palmieri, RW, 8.0B
Drafted 1st round, 26th overall, 2009
Palmieri is the best of many future top-six wingers in the Ducks organization. He is a high-end puckhandler with great speed and an even better release. Those skills allow him to show off his creative playmaking ability even when skating into traffic or under pressure in the attacking zone.
Palmieri will need to improve his strength to dominate at the NHL level, but little else is holding him back from being a productive NHL player. He should have a spot on the Ducks roster heading into camp after what he did with opportunities on the first and third lines towards the end of the 2011-12 season. If he continues to play well at the NHL level to start the season, he will likely seal a lineup spot for his first full year with the Ducks.