Playoff performers get approval in a Anaheim Ducks awaiting awards

Ondrej Kase - Anaheim Ducks

Photo: Anaheim Ducks awaiting Ondrej Kase has found reason to applaud a healthy lapse to a ice and could be an critical partial of a Calder Cup pull for San Diego (courtesy of San Diego Gulls Hockey Club)

Both a Anaheim Ducks and their AHL associate San Diego Gulls are into their particular post-seasons, and it has been a clever year for both squads. Youth has been on arrangement via a organization, as a Ducks also have a ton of extensive talents serve down in a CHL and NCAA, and abroad in Europe. As a whole it has been a flattering prolific year for a Ducks pipeline, with roughly too many players and not adequate awards to prominence achievements! You could find mixed winners for any award, and unfortunately we could usually collect one for any category.

With a year jacket adult for a array of these players, it is time to mangle down a Prospect Awards for a Ducks complement from 2015-16 and palm out some hardware.

Hardest Worker: Ondrej Kase, W, San Diego Gulls (AHL)

‏It was already going to be a tough year for Ondrej Kase. The immature Czech joining standout was transitioning from European hockey to North American hockey for a initial time, and he was doing so during a immature age with a physique that competence not be wholly prepared for it physically. For Kase, it did not final prolonged before he suffered his initial vital damage during a hands of North American hockey. A concussion sidelined a winger for many of a season, and a delayed and mostly vapid liberation from a concussion reared a nauseous head. On tip of that, a denunciation separator also valid formidable for a 20-year aged in a time where communication was substantially key.

However, Kase is behind to health and behind to being prolific on a Gulls roster. With 14 points in his initial 25 AHL games, people are starting to see because he was there was fad around him in a Czech pro circuit. In an talk with Gulls manager Dallas Eakins, it was tough work and stability that were highlighted many in articulate about a damage liberation Kase had to quarrel by this year.

Hardest Shot: Grant Besse, LW/RW, University of Wisconsin (NCAA)

‏While Besse competence not have a hardest, pristine altogether slap shot or explosve from a tip of a circles, he does have a poignant and dangerous wrist shot. As a actor 5’10 and 174 pounds, there was never going to be a lot of oomph behind his shot, yet there is deception, accuracy, and a pointy release. While he incited into a many some-more viable distributor of a puck this deteriorate with Wisconsin, Besse still has a disagreeable shot that he can let fly if we give him too many space. This difficulty can maybe be re-named “best shot” instead of hardest, yet it’s a goals that count. Quick sign that a 21-year aged was a two-time 40-plus idea scorer with Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in his high propagandize days. He can positively glow a puck with authority.

Best Defensive Prospect: Shea Theodore, D, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

‏Theodore is already starting to demeanour gentle in a NHL and he frequency has any knowledge during that level. The 2013 first-round preference has seen many of his skills that dominated juniors interpret over to a AHL turn in his rookie season. Theodore is smooth, intelligent, and altogether determining of a upsurge of play and a placement of a puck in transition. He is hands-down a best and many well-rounded Ducks defensive prospect, and competence be one of a best and many well-rounded invulnerability prospects now in a league. He has a descent mind and a transition diversion to flower in a new and some-more mobile NHL. He competence really good play a some-more distinguished purpose in anchoring an already immature Ducks blueline in a nearby future.

Fastest Skater: Brandon Montour, D, San Diego Gulls (AHL)

‏Montour has wheels. With or yet a puck, this child can move. There will be times during games where he will accumulate a puck on his hang and take off on an finish to finish rush that can make many fortifying players demeanour like they are in delayed motion. He is an assertive and brazen descent defenseman who mostly plays with an fundamental risk that stems from his extensive speed and top-end speed. He can be a calamity for slower defensemen and wingers to keep reason of in a descent section and in transition.

Prospect of a Year: Shea Theodore, D, Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

‏Hard not to name Theodore given a relations palliate of transition from CHL to AHL to NHL. On tip of a platitudes in a above defensive awaiting entry, it should be remarkable that Theodore was also a statistical demon for San Diego. He posted 9 goals and 38 points in 50 games with a Gulls, while also putting adult 3 goals and 8 points in 19 games with a Ducks. At usually 20 years of age that is sincerely considerable to contend a least. While other players like Nick Ritchie and Troy Terry had extensive years, no one should flashes of luminosity and prevalence utterly like immature Theodore has.

Breakout Player for 2015-16: Julius Nattinen, C, Barrie Colts (OHL)

‏There will always be a small bit of anxiousness when it comes to players relocating from Europe to a CHL or pro level. However, Finnish brazen Julius Nattinen squashed any excitability with a miraculous entrance deteriorate in North American juniors. In 52 games, a 2015 second-round collect posted 22 goals and 71 points for a powerhouse Colts. He is also carrying a clever playoff debate with Barrie. On tip of his good OHL year, he won bullion with Team Finland during a U20 World Junior Championships in Helsinki. While he frequency saw any time in a tip turn of Finland (Liiga) final season, he has proven an useful member to a Colts team, who demeanour staid to make an OHL pretension run currently. Without Nattinen, who knows where a Colts would be during currently. He has had a extensive 2015-16 season, and it still could get better.

Most Improved Prospect: Nick Sorensen, RW, Linköping HC (SHL)

‏It is extraordinary what a deteriorate of good health can do for a player. This was accurately a box for Nick Sorensen. It was easy to be endangered about a immature Swede after his preference to conduct to Europe fell prosaic with a year of struggles in 2014-15. Injury and unsuitable personification time saw Sorensen dress for usually 14 games and measure a unique idea over a march of a year.

However, with a summer of indispensable recovery, a 2013 second-round collect dug in with a new patrol this year in Linköping HC and had 23 points and 10 goals in 37 games. He was ninth in a group in scoring, seventh among forwards, and led a group in points among U-24 players. While a fad cooled on his Europe departure, things are behind to a certain area as he earnings to San Diego from his loan spell. He should figure into a group prominently in 2016-17.

Overachiever: Michael Sgarbossa, C, San Diego Gulls (AHL)

‏Sgarbossa saw evident dividends when he came opposite from Colorado’s Lake Erie associate to a Norfolk Admirals final season. This deteriorate again showed that a change of view has helped a undrafted centerman in rekindling his form. His idea and indicate totals took a burst this year, and he even warranted a call-up with a Anaheim Ducks. However it should be remarkable that Sgarbossa’s 40-plus indicate deteriorate with San Diego has come in a position where subsequent competence be easier than many other situations.

The 23-year aged has seen copiousness of time centering a Gulls tip line and tip energy play section alongside a likes of Stefan Noesen, Nick Ritchie, and a defensive terrors of Montour and Theodore. He plays a flattering well-rounded game, and we should take zero divided from his plain year, yet to contend he has finished so yet some outrageous assistance from teammates and use would be an oversight.

Underachiever: Garrett Metcalf, G, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)

‏Metcalf was an hapless plant of business in his final year of USHL. While a 2015 sixth turn collect was personification regularly, putting adult some medium to normal numbers with a Madison Capitols, a mid-season trade to Waterloo saw his altogether personification time dry up. The netminder was dealt to Waterloo on Feb 9th and has played usually 9 out of 23 probable games with a Black Hawks. He did himself no favors in a games he did get into, posting a 3.26 goals opposite normal and an .883 save percentage. He enters a NCAA area subsequent deteriorate with UMass-Lowell. The River Hawks are losing comparison goaltender Kevin Boyle, and Metcalf will expected be in a exhilarated conflict for personification time with Finnish sophomore-to-be goaltender Christoffer Hernberg.
Highest Risk/Reward Prospect: Brandon Montour, D, San Diego Gulls (AHL)

‏That same speed and speed that was highlighted progressing is Montour’s biggest strength yet also his biggest weakness. You live by a sword and we die by it if we are Brandon Montour. While his extensive speed creates him an undisguised apprehension going adult ice and in transition, yet it is not odd to see his liberation speed also challenged if a mistake happens or a review is wrong. This competence finish adult being a biggest hit on a mobile defenseman, and something that creates coaches hesitate. He is adjacent on descent specialization with a volume of risks he takes. A improved and some-more consummate reading of a diversion is indispensable to channell his extensive descent abilities. He is a mid-second turn collect to boot, so that cost tab does come with a small weight if he does destroy to vessel out.

Prospect of a Month

Troy Terry - Anaheim DucksThe NCAA contest is over, and North Dakota were crowned inhabitant champions over Quinnipiac in a final (helping acquire standout youth Keaton Thompson his entry-level agreement from a Ducks). However, a University of Denver Pioneers had an superb contest that saw them get to a Frozen Four before descending during a hands of contingent champions North Dakota. En track to personification UND, Denver had victories over Boston University and a startling Ferris State team. It was in these games that Ducks awaiting Troy Terry excelled, earning him Prospect of a Month honors.

Against BU in a initial round, Terry logged 3 assists (two secondary, one primary) in a 7-2 rout. He followed that adult with a dual support diversion in a 6-3 feat over FSU (both secondary). Despite not logging a indicate in a semi-final diversion opposite UND, it should be remarkable that Terry also had a good NCHC tournament. He had dual goals and an support in a array opposite Nebraska-Omaha. He also had a idea and an support opposite St. Cloud State in a subsequent diversion of a NCHC tournament. Even yet his group did not take home a inhabitant title, Denver and Terry have to be really gratified with his opening during a finish of a season. Mind you, Terry is usually a beginner and is already entrance adult outrageous for a Pioneers.

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