If you would have said that Cam Fowler would be available to the Ducks at the number twelve spot, you would have been considered a lunatic. It was a no brainer for GM Bob Murray when the Ducks were on the clock. Just days after Scott Niedermayer announced his retirement, Anaheim drafted another mobile and quick defenseman.
Fowler will join a young core with James Wisniewski Luca Sbisa and Jake Gardiner. At one point, Fowler was expected to be picked 3rd overall but lucky for Anaheim, he didn’t go until much later. A theory why d-men are not drafted as high is because they take a little longer to develop as forwards but if you ask the Chicago Blackhawks, they don’t mind drafting defenseman.
Anaheim had a second first round pick which they got from Philadelphia and they went with local boy Emerson Etem. He’s got tremendous speed and strong around the net. He was expected to go at 17, so it’s safe to say that they got another steal in the first round.
As mentioned earlier, Scott Niedermayer announced his retirement a couple of days ago and he will go down as one of the all-time greats. He was the ultimate winner, having won Stanley Cups, Olympic Gold medals, Memorial Cup, Calder Cup, World Cup Gold, World Junior Gold, and World Championship. He captained the two teams he played on, he is a Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe winner. He will most certainly be a first ballot Hall of Fame entry and will be missed by the fans. The Anaheim Ducks were lucky to have him and he will surely be missed. Hopefully he can stick around and help develop the Ducks newest member.
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Written by Dan Caristo