By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks selected two forwards and one goalie with their late round picks.
Sean Tschigerl – Left Wing, 5th Round, 130th Overall
Tschigerl is known for his gritty play and forechecking. He is not afraid to use his big frame(6’0″, 181 pounds) to put pressure on the puck handler forcing them to turn over the puck or dump it when on the attack. He can also be utilized on the penalty kill.
He does have good situational awareness and will go to an open area for a pass especially when a teammate is tied up by a defender. He is also aggressive in the neutral zone either pushing the puck up the ice when attacking or clogging up middle ice when opponents try to advance the puck.
He does need to work on creating scoring opportunities because sometimes he has difficulty getting past the defender between him and the net. He also tends to shoot the puck low and needs to work on elevating his shot when necessary.
He recorded 21 total points(13 goals + 8 assists) in 21 games with the Calgary Hitman last season. He led the team in goals scored.
Gage Alexander – Goalie, 5th Round, 148th overall
Alexander is massive at 6’7″ and 217 pounds, which makes him a solid choice in net. He does see the puck well allowing him to track it efficiently. He can cover the net laterally well and doesn’t leave much open room for skaters to shoot at.
Some experts didn’t have him ranked in this draft because he is viewed as a work in progress and a risky pick for a team. The concern with his play in net is his consistency, however he did play well last season in Winnipeg.
He went 6-3-0 with the WHL Winnipeg Ice last season. His posted a 2.23 GAA and .917 save percentage. He had one shutout.
Kyle Kukkonen – Center, 6th round, 162nd overall
Kukkonen is a right handed center standing 5’10 and weighing 165 pounds.
He has great hands and skating speed. He likes to get to the open areas when he doesn’t have the puck and is dangerous at close range. He likes to shoot the puck instead of passing it. He plays attention to the flow of the game and is always involved in the play.
He was an offensive scoring machine with the Maple Grove Grimson last season. He had 74 total points(31 goals + 43 assists) in just 23 games. He was the captain and led the team to a 21-2-0 record.
The draw back to his game is his size and he could work on his acceleration. He will have time to work on things as he leaves high school and heads to Michigan Tech next season.
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July 24th, 2021