A look at the Ducks' best and worst first-round draft picks
The Ducks’ best first-round picks:
1993: Paul Kariya, LW, No. 4 overall -- He scored 50 goals and 108 points in 1995-96 and 101 points in 1998-99. He gave the franchise respectability, but left as a free agent in 2003 after seven 20-plus-goal seasons in nine with Anaheim.
2003: Ryan Getzlaf, C, No. 19 overall -- Getzlaf has become a franchise center and was a key figure in the Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup run. He won gold with Team Canada at the Vancouver Olympics. In keeping with Getzlaf’s long professional pairing with right wing Corey Perry, we’ll make Perry part of this entry. He was drafted nine spots after Getzlaf, and the Ducks won big with both. Perry has been prolific and is the kind of abrasive player coaches love to have and hate to face.
2005: Bobby Ryan, RW, No. 2 overall -- He had 31 goals in 2008-09 and 35 goals last season with a career-high 64 points. Played on the runner-up U.S. team at the Vancouver Olympics. He has a great scoring knack, a great personality and strong fan appeal.
The Ducks’ worst first-round picks:
1995: Chad Kilger, C, No. 4 overall -- He was a big kid -- 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds -- but was too slow to have much impact. He had five goals in 45 games in 1995-96 and was traded to Winnipeg in the Teemu Selanne trade.
2001: Alexei Smirnov, LW, No. 12 overall -- He played 52 games over two seasons and had three goals and six points. After a few seasons in the minor leagues, he eventually went home to Russia.
2001: Stanislav Chistov, RW, No. 5 overall -- He didn’t have great numbers in his native Russia and didn’t have great numbers in the NHL. He scored 12 goals in 79 games in 2002-03 but never came close to that again.
Ducks last 10 first-round picks:
2009: Peter Holland, C, No. 15; Kyle Palmieri, C, No. 26
2008: Jake Gardiner, D, No. 17
2007: Logan McMillan, C, No. 19
2006: Mark Mitera, D, No. 19
2005: Bobby Ryan, RW, No. 2
2004: Ladislav Smid, D, No. 9
2003: Ryan Getzlaf, C, No. 19; Corey Perry, RW, No. 28
2002: Joffrey Lupul, RW, No. 7
2001: Stanislav Chistov, RW, No. 5
2000: Alexei Smirnov, LW, No. 12
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Paul Kariya with the Ducks in 2003. Credit: Los Angeles Times