Welcome to a new series on Puck77 called 31 in 31 – Top 10 prospects.
I’m Alex Hobson, a new contributor for Puck77, and I’ll be covering mostly prospects here. This series is going to kick off today and each day I’ll be posting a top 10 prospect list for each NHL team. I’ll be covering each team in alphabetical order, so today we’re going to kick things off with the Anaheim Ducks.
NOTE: I consider prospects players who have played less than 25 NHL games. Any more and they won’t be eligible for this list.
1. Sam Steel (C, 1st Round, 30th Overall in 2016)
Steel was the second of the Ducks’ two first rounders in 2016, with fellow prospect Max Jones being the other. Steel may be small, standing at 5’11 and 185 lbs, but he has speed and puck-handling skills to burn. He’s gotten his first taste of NHL action this season, putting up three points through 13 games, and he’s put up eight points in 10 games with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL.
2. Maxime Comtois (LW, 2nd Round, 50th Overall in 2017)
Comtois was initially projected to be a top five pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, but after his production dropped in his draft year, he slipped all the way to the second round where the Ducks grabbed him at 50th overall. He’s seemingly found his game, producing very well at the NHL level with seven points through 10 NHL games.
3. Troy Terry (RW, 5th Round, 148th Overall in 2015)
Terry is also getting his first taste of NHL action this year, and while he hasn’t put up any points in his first six games, you know he’s got the tools to produce at the NHL level. He put up 48 points in 39 games for the University of Denver last season and has already put up 16 points in 14 AHL games this year.
4. Max Jones (LW, 1st Round, 24th Overall in 2017)
The Ducks used their first of two second round picks in 2017 to draft a power forward in Max Jones. The Rochester native is currently in the middle of his first AHL season with the San Diego Gulls and he’s registered nine points through his first 14 games. He could see NHL action as early this year amidst the Ducks’ youth movement they’ve got going on.
5. Josh Mahura (D, 3rd Round, 85th Overall in 2017)
Mahura was drafted out of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels and finished his WHL career with the Regina Pats where he put up 69 points in 60 games in his final season. In his first season in the pros, he’s registered nine points in 14 AHL games as well as one assist in three NHL games. For a third round pick, Mahura is producing very well and should definitely see a full-time NHL job for next season.
6. Isac Lundestrom (C, 1st Round, 23rd Overall in 2018)
Lundestrom had a very solid SHL season in 2017-18 that saw him put up 15 points in 42 games, good enough for the Ducks to draft him at 23rd overall. He wasted no time making a name for himself in the pros this season and along with five points in six AHL games, he’s made the jump to the NHL and has registered two points in 15 games. While these numbers don’t jump off the screen at you, he will no doubt find production with further development.
7. Benoit-Olivier Groulx (C, 2nd Round, 54th Overall in 2018)
The son of world junior coach Benoit Groulx, the Rouen, France native is off to a solid start with the Halifax Mooseheads with 29 points in 24 games. He has a chance to make Canada’s World Junior team this season.
8. Antoine Morand (C, 2nd Round, 60th Overall in 2017)
Morand is in his first season with the Halifax Mooseheads and he was named captain of the team this season. With 27 points in 24 games, he’s off to a great start and will likely return for one more season after this year to play out his entire eligibility before heading to the Ducks organization.
9. Jacob Larsson (D, 1st Round, 27th Overall in 2015)
Larsson was the Ducks’ first round pick in 2015 and to be totally honest he hasn’t really been living up to the hype of his draft status. He’s actually been a regular on the Ducks’ team this season but he’s only put up a single points in 17 games. Granted, he still gets a spot in the top ten prospects and he still has time to turn it around seeing that he’s still young.
10. Lukas Dostal (G, 3rd Round, 85th Overall in 2018)
Dostal is playing in the Czech Republic’s second-tier league this season and he’s off to a solid start, sporting a 2.57 GAA and a save percentage of .916. He’s one of those players who could potentially spend the next few seasons honing their skills in Europe until they’re ready for the pros.
Thanks for reading! We’ll take a look at the Arizona Coyotes prospects tomorrow for the second edition of 31 in 31.
stats from eliteprospects.com