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Future looks sunny in Anaheim Written by Quackquack - November 30th, -0001

Big offseason moves have helped pave the way for the Ducks to add high ceiling prospects in Kyle Beach and Mattias Tedenby to their stable of young offensive guns which already includes TJ Oshie,  Lars Eller, Nikolai Kulemin,Jack Skille and Artem Anisimov.

 

For the second straight season, The Anaheim Ducks will start out their year with a different pair of  centers that have lead them to being division champs as well as Conference finalists. Last year it was Nieuwendyk and Marleau, this year sees the departures of both Henrik Sedin and big center Jason Arnott.

Sedin was moved in a deal alongside veteran ducks Radek Dvorak and Lubo Visnovsky to the music city in a deal that saw Anaheim recieve young talent Jason Pominville as well as LW Petr Sykora and veteran Dman Kimmo Timonen.

"Nashville had asked repeatedly about Hank, we didnt want to let him go but being able to add a winger like Jason made this one a no brainer(surplus of centers) from our side. His chemistry with Marian will be missed but Poms helps  fill a huge hole on our second line."

As it looked yesterday, the Ducks would target a couple high boom/bust picks with their 3rd and 4th round selections in this years entry draft. Instead, during the late hours of the night, Ducks GM stuck a deal with the Canadians that saw them move last years number 1 center Jason Arnott as well as recentely acquired Dman Kimmo Timmonen for 2 first round picks and  a still very productive Brendan Morrison. Anaheim also agreed to send 5 million as well as Petr Kalus to the Quebec city.

" Jason wasnt happy with the situation here as he was leap frogged by both Getz and Horcoff. We felt the draft was strong enough that we'd be happy with 2 players in the 10 to 20 range.  In  the end being able to snag 2 guys we thought about at 11 has made it a very pleasing draft."

"We've had Tedenby in our sights for sometime now. We've been busy trying to get picks in the 10-15 range figuring  he would defientely be a riser on alot of lists. When we finally acquired the picks ( 11th , 20th) we had planned on moving down from 11 and taking Tedenby a few spots back and reaching for a big russian at 20. When we realized that Beach was going to be available outside the top 10 we knew we had to take him. Hes the big bruising powerforward we've been searching for.  We were worried that Mattias wasnt going to be around at 20 so we moved up to 16 to ensure his selection."

While both picks seem to have a high boom bust content, Ducks GM is quick to dismiss such is the case.

" Both of these guys have traits that will allow them in the league one way or the other. Mattias has an unbelievable speed/ skill package while Kyles toughness and size is a huge asset."

"Obviously with Kyle we understand there is a high risk involved but his upside is undeniable. We see him as a perfect compliment to many of our centers including Ryan, Petri or Artem. He will be given every oppurtunity to do well within our organization."

" Tedenby is a smallish winger who i really like. People have been comparing him to Saku Koivu except with more tenacity, more speed and better scoring. If Beach wasnt around when we were up  and we wouldnt have been able to trade down we would have taken him at 11 no question. I think he is a very safe choice and the only concern id have about him is his health, no injuries as of yet but he hasnt played against anything the size of the CMHL competition in his young career. If he doesnt get hurt hes an impact CMHL player no doubt."

" Its been a very busy ,very exciting past 24 hours, now we shall sit back , watch the rest of the draft and think about possible offer sheets we are going to line up."

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