Since entering the league the Ducks have always had a first round selection. While the club has never had the 1st overall pick in any draft, the Ducks did have the 2nd overall selections in 1992 (Oleg Tverdovksy) and 2005 (Bobby Ryan).
Best: A no brainer, the Ducks 2003 draft yielded the club perennial all-stars Ryan Getzlaf (1st round-19th overall) and Corey Perry (1st round-28th overall). In the same draft, the team selected a couple of serviceable NHLer’s in Drew Miller (6th round-186th overall) and Shane O’Brien (8th round-250th overall).
Worst: The 1997 draft resulted in the selection of only two players Michael Holmqvist and Maxim Balmochnykh who would appear in an NHL game. The two forwards combined to play 162 NHL games registering a grand total of 36 points.
With the next pick…In the 2001 draft, the Ducks selected Stanislav Chistov 5th overall, while the Wild grabbed Mikko Koivu with the 6th selection. Chistov appeared in 196 NHL games last playing in the league in 2007 with the Boston Bruins. Koivu on the other hand continues to be a key member and captain of the Wild and has over 500 career points in the state of a thousand lakes.
Late Round Bargain: With the 264th pick in the 9th round of the 2001 draft, the Ducks selected winger P.A. Parenteau who is nearing 350 career games played with seasons of 53 and 67points. He also recorded 43 points in 48 games during the strike shortened season of 12-13.
Shrewd Pick: Sami Vatanen was a 4th round pick selected 106th overall in the 2009 draft. The skilled offensive rearguard has developed into a power-play specialist who led the Ducks in power-play goals and power-play points during the 2014-15 season.