Having selected RW Rickard Rakell in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Ducks looked to fulfill the rest of their needs on Day 2. The Ducks started the day with five picks: 39th (TOR), 53rd, 65th (NYI), 83rd, and 143rd. They added the 160th overall pick in the 6th round from Toronto in exchange for the Ducks’ 2012 6th round pick.
With six selections the Ducks addressed their needs in all areas of the ice, taking a goalie, two defensemen, and three forwards. Let’s take a look at who they selected on Sunday.
2nd Round, 39th Overall: John Gibson
G, US National Team Development Program, USHL, 6’3″ 205 lbs.
Anaheim selected the second goalie taken in the 2011 Draft, right after Nashville took Magnus Hellberg. John Gibson was the top-ranked North American goalie in the entire draft. Last season, Gibson led Team USA to a gold medal at the Under-18 World Championships with a 2.64 GAA and .918 save percentage. He is committed to playing for the University of Michigan next season.
2nd Round, 53rd Overall: William Karlsson
C, Vasteras, Swedish Junior League, 6’0″ 163 lbs.
William Karlsson scored 14 goals and 27 assists in just 26 games last season in the Swedish Junior League, and an additional 4 points in 14 games with the Swedish Elite League. In the Under-18 World Championships, he had 2 goals and 3 assists and a +8 rating in 6 games with Team Sweden.
3rd Round, 65th Overall: Joseph Cramarossa
C, Mississauga St. Michael’s, OHL, 6’0″ 188 lbs.
Joseph Cramarossa is a rugged center from the OHL, compiling 101 PIMs in 59 games with the Majors. In addition to his physical play, Cramarossa added 12-20=32 points and ended the season with a +22 rating. The Majors advance to the Memorial Cup finals last season.
3rd Round, 83rd Overall: Andy Welinski
D, Green Bay, USHL, 6’2″ 195 lbs.
Andy Welinski was second among team defensemen in points last year, scoring 6 goals and 8 assists in 51 games during his first season in the USHL. He is committed to playing for the University of Minnesota-Duluth next season.
5th Round, 143rd Overall: Max Friberg
LW, Skovde, Sweden’s Division 1 League, 5’11″ 185 lbs.
Max Friberg earned more than a point per game in the Swedish Division 1 League, scoring 13-27=40 points in just 34 games. He ranked fourth in league scoring, and added 2 more goals for Team Sweden in 6 games during the World Junior Championships. Friberg will play for Timra of the Swedish Elite League next season.
6th Round, 160th Overall: Josh Manson
D, Salmon Arm, BCHL, 6’3″ 203 lbs.
Josh Manson scored an impressive 47 points as a defenseman in 57 games in the BCHL. His 35 assists and 80 PIMs ranked fourth and second on the team, respectively. He added 2-7=9 more points in 14 playoff games for the Silverbacks. Manson is committed to playing at Quinnipiac University next season.