The Ducks finished up the 2012 entry draft with a total of eight players spread amongst the seven rounds. After picking up Swedish defenseman, Hampus Lindholm, in the first round, Anaheim went on to pluck seven more hopefuls on day two of the draft.
In the second round, the Ducks picked left wing Nicolas Kerdiles (36th overall). Kerdiles becomes the first Anaheim Ducks draft selection who was raised in Orange County. While born in Lewisville, Texas, Kerdiles calls Irvine home.
“It was pretty surreal,” commented Kerdiles on being drafted. “I had a hint that maybe if I went to the 36th position that the Ducks might pick me up. When they came around, I was pretty nervous. I looked at my family and said ‘This could be it.’ Once I heard my name called and actually my city of Irvine, California, it was a really surreal feeling for my family and me. My mom was crying and my dad was very happy. I’m just very excited to be part of an organization like the Ducks.”
The 6’2″, 201 pound winger led the U.S. National Under-18 squad with 20-22=42 points in 50 contests in 2011-12. His seven power play goals also led the club, while his four game-winning goals ranked second. He has been invited to attend the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp this August.
Kerdiles has committed to play with the University of Wisconsin in the Fall.
“Nick has a lot of physical attributes that make him an attractive player,” University of Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “He’s a prototypical power forward. He has good feet in the corners and has a real knack in front of the net. He’s got a good shot. Offensively we’re looking for some real contributions from him right away as a freshman.”
In the third round the Ducks picked up Danish goaltender Frederik Andersen (87th overall). Andersen, 22, appeared in 39 games for Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League last season, posting a 1.67 goals-against average (GAA) with seven shutouts and a .941 save percentage (SV%). A native of Herning, Denmark, Andersen has represented Team Denmark at the last four IIHF World Championships in Finland/Sweden (2012), Slovakia (2011) and Germany (2010) and Switzerland (2009). He was also a member of the Danish team at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic.
“He’s a very big goalie, very calm,” said Martin Madden, who is the Director of Amateur Scouting for Anaheim. “He is mostly butterfly style. He’s just a very calm, athletic, big goalie.”
At 6’4″, 247 pounds, without pads, Andersen will definitely fill the net.
In the fourth round the Ducks selected center Kevin Roy (97th overall). Roy is not large, listed at 5’8″ and 156 pounds, but clearly was a good enough player to be named the 2011-12 United States Hockey League (USHL) Player of the Year after becoming the first player in the league’s current format (since 2002) to score 50 goals. Roy led the league with 54-50=104 points and helped Lincoln to a 38-18-4 regular-season record, the most wins for the Stars in 10 years. In the 2012 USHL playoffs, he led Lincoln with seven goals and 10 points (7-3=10), before the Stars were eliminated in the Western Conference Final series by Waterloo.
“Roy is similar player to Jason Blake,” observed Madden. “He has very quick hands. He is smart, scores lots of ugly goals and goes to the net. He has really good anticipation. He is a smaller player, but I don’t think it’s going to keep him out of the league. He scored more goals than anybody in the USHL since 1993. He had a really impressive season. He’s a very impressive kid off the ice as well.”
The Ducks had a second pick in the fourth round resulting from a 2009 trade with San Jose that brought Timo Pielmeier and Nick Bonino to Anaheim in exchange for Kent Huskins and Travis Moen. With that pick the Ducks chose another defenseman, Andrew O’Brien (108th overall).
O’Brien, who is 6’3″ and 200 pounds, had 8-21=29 points with a +2 rating with 95 PIM in 68 games with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) last season. Among team defensemen, he ranked second in scoring and assists, and tied for first in goals.
In the fifth round, the Ducks acquired defenseman Brian Cooper (127th overall)
Cooper, who is 5’10” and 180 pounds scored 6-18=24 points with a +16 rating and 92 PIM in 55 games with Fargo (USHL) in 2011-12. The Anchorage, Alaska native ranked second among club defensemen in points, while his +16 rating ranked second overall on the club. Cooper has committed to play with the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the Fall.
The Ducks had no picks in the sixth round, having traded that away to Toronto last year, but did have two picks in the final seventh round, both used for more d-men.
Kenton Helgesen was selected 187th overall and Jaycob Megna at 210th overall.
Helgesen, who is 6’3″ and 185 pounds, appeared in 58 games with Calgary of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2011-12, earning 3-11=14 points with a +7 rating and 63 PIM. He played in five WHL Playoff games in 2012, going scoreless with two PIM.
Megna, who is 6’4″ and 164 pounds, appeared in 35 games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha (WCHA) last season, scoring 2-3=5 points with 8 PIM.
“We are thrilled with the players we selected this weekend in Pittsburgh,” said Madden. “We were extremely fortunate to land Orange County native Nicolas Kerdiles at 36th overall. Frederik Andersen has an opportunity next season at the pro level and we also added some size on the blueline.”