Ducks Junior Prospects Making a Statement

By Jamie Randolph

The Anaheim mighty ducks have had several top prospects in there system, but not many have played in the CHL, most have been europeans or college players. Chad Kilger was the only first round pick that the ducks selected from the junior ranks (maybe that’s why they haven’t tryed again). In this years entry draft the ducks selected several players from CHL, they did not howevever draft one in the first round but got one in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth,, and one in the ninth. Every junior player the ducks selected this year are averaging just around a point per game, all these players are making a statement “they were underated”.

Mark Popovic: 2/35
St. Mikes Majors (OHL)

Mark had a great training camp but was sent down to further develop his skills. Mark was injured early in the season but is now healthy and back to leading his team with his great leadership and two way play.

Joel Stepp: 3/69
Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Stepp reminds me a lot of John Madden but with better offensive potential. Stepp is a very physical forward with great skills, Stepp has the potential all he has to do is keep progressing.

Joel Perrault>: 5/137
Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

Joel is playing excellent hockey for Baie-Comeau his playmaking ability are being recognized by opposing teams in only his second season,, in fact he already has more points this year than he did in 68 games last year. Joel stats would be much better if he wasn’t stuck behind Yanick Lehoux.

Pierre Parenteau: 9/264
Chicoutimi (QMJHL)

Pierre has seen good playing time and hasn’t let his coach down. Pierre has good two ways, he can score,pass, and deke, he can also knock you off your skates with a big check, not bad for a ninth rounder.