What Might Have Been: Anaheim Ducks

This is what might have been. A series in which you will discover just who your franchise could have on their roster.


Valterri Filppula

Filppula was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 3rd Rd (Pick 95) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. However, that pick originally belonged to Boston, who traded it to the Ducks for Marty McInnis. The Ducks then traded that pick to Nashville, in order for the Predators to not draft Joffrey Lupul in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The Predators had Pick 6, the Ducks Pick 7.

Joffrey Lupul

Lupul was drafted seventh overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. However, Lupul was soon traded to Philadelphia, along with Ladislav Smid and three draft picks (who turned out to be Nick Ross, Travis Hamonic and Jordan Eberle) in a move which saw Chris Pronger head to Anaheim. After then being traded to the Oilers, the Ducks traded for Lupul (along with Luca Sbisa and two draft picks, who turned out to be John Moore and Emerson Etem) in a trade which also involved Chris Pronger (and Ryan Dingle), this time heading to Edmonton. Lupul was traded for a third time, this time to the Toronto Maple Leafs, (along with Jake Gardiner and 2013 4th Rd pick, who turned out to be Fredrik Bergvik), in exchange for Francois Beauchemin.

Jordan Eberle

Eberle was drafted 22nd overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Oilers obtained that pick from the Anaheim Ducks in the trade that sent Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle to the Ducks, in exchange for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid and three draft picks (Eberle, Nick Ross and Travis Hamonic).

Chris Kunitz

After the Ducks and Atlanta Thrashers exchanged him via waivers, Kunitz was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with Eric Tangradi, in exchange for Ryan Whitney.

Maxim Lapierre

Lapierre was drafted 61st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 Entry Draft, with a pick obtained from the Flyers in an exchange for Eric Chouinard. Montreal then traded Lapierre in 2010 to the Ducks, in exchange for Brett Festerling and a 2012 5th Rd pick (Brian Cooper). Anaheim then traded Lapierre, along with MacGregor Sharp, to the Vancouver Canucks for Joel Perrault and a 2012 3rd Rd pick (Fredrik Andersen).

Bobby Ryan

Ryan was drafted 2nd overall by the Ducks in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded in 2013 to the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a 1st Rd pick in 2014.

Others include: TJ Galiardi, Curtis Glencross, Zenon Konopka, Travis Moen, Kyle Chipchura.


Ladislav Smid

Smid was drafted 9th overall by the Ducks in 2004. Smid was then traded as part of the deal to bring Chris Pronger to Anaheim.

Travis Hamonic

Hamonic was drafted 53rd overall by the New York Islanders in 2008. However, the second round pick used by the Islanders was originally owned by the Ducks, who used it in the Chris Pronger trade. The Islanders obtained the pick, by trading Allen Rourke and a 2008 3rd Rd pick (Kirill Petrov) in exchange.

Jake Gardiner

Gardiner was drafted 17th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draftdraft by the Ducks. The pick originally belonged to Calgary, who traded it, and a 2009 2nd Rd pick (Brian Dumoulin) in exchange for Mike Cammalleri and a 2008 2nd Rd pick (Mitch Wahl). The Kings then traded the pick to the Ducks along with the 28th overall pick in the 2008 draft (Viktor Tikhonov), in exchange for the 12th overall pick (Tyler Myers) in the same draft. Gardiner was then traded to the  Maple Leafs, along with Joffrey Lupul and a 2013 4th Rd pick (Fredrik Bergvik), in exchange for Francois Beauchemin.

Tyler Myers

Myers was drafted 12th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008 Entry Draft. The pick was originally Edmonton’s, but was used as compensation, along with a 2008 2nd Rd pick (Justin Schultz) and a 2008 3rd Rd pick (Kirill Petrov), after the Oilers signed RFA Dustin Penner from the Ducks. The pick then went to the LA Kings, who traded two 1st Rd picks (Pick 17- Jake Gardiner and Pick 28 Viktor Tikhonov) in exchange. The Sabres then acquired the 12th pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for the 13th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (Colton Teubert), and a 2009 3rd Rd Pick (Ryan Howse).

Others include: Jordan Leopold, Aaron Rome, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Ryan Whitney, Lubomir Visnovsky


Ilya Bryzgalov

Bryzgalov was drafted 44th overall by the Ducks in 2000, after acquiring the pick from the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for a 3rd Rd pick (Jozef Balej), a 4th Rd pick (Michel Ouellet), and a 5th Rd pick (Ryan Glenn) in the 2000 draft. Bryzgalov was then waived by the Ducks in 2007, and claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Dan Ellis

Ellis was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. After spending time in Nashville and Montreal, he was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to Anaheim for Curtis McElhinney. Ellis then left in Free Agency to sign for the Carolina Hurricanes the following season.

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