In praise of Bobby Ryan

In praise of Bobby Ryan
"The biggest thing is just his poise and his hands are unbelievable. I played with [Evgeni] Malkin and [Sidney] Crosby, and those guys are probably the two best in the league. Bobby's hands are right with those guys... He's a superstar in the making, it seems."
---Ryan Whitney, former Ducks defenseman

Saturday, June 27, 2009

More breaking news...

This morning started off with a bang! More Duck news...

1) Teemu Selanne has decided to return to the Ducks for another season! Whoo, the Finnish Flash, back in a Ducks' jersey. How great is that?

2) So, with Selanne and Niedermayer, we're not looking too shabby. Yes, we've lost Pronger, and my heart goes out to him because I know he's gone on record numerous times to say he really wanted to stay in Anaheim, but I wish the big guy the best of luck in the Eastern Conference. You know he'll be put up against big guns like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin. Hats off to ya, Prongs, and maybe we'll see you back with the Ducks in the future.

3) With their 2nd round pick, 37th overall, the Ducks went with defenseman Matt Clark. Stats-wise, the boy looks promising with 23 points and a +21 rating in 63 games.

4) In the 3rd round with the 76th pick, the Ducks took goaltender Igor Bobkov. He's a big guy at 6'4" and, with an impressive under-19 World Championship record, sounds like a promising future goalie.

5) The 4th round 106th pick went to defenseman Sami Vatanen from Finland. He calls the Ducks his favorite team and Scottie his favorite player. That kid must be pretty stoked.

6) For the 136th pick, in round 5, Anaheim went with center Radoslav Illo. At this point, I really don't know anything about these kids, but hears hoping Bob Murray does!

7) Lastly, in round 6 (Anaheim's round 7 pick went to Philly), 166th overall, the Ducks took Ottawa native d-man Scott Valentine.

So those boys are the Ducks future. Hopefully the next Scott Niedermayer or Ryan Getzlaf is in the heart of one of these diamonds in the rough?


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