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Publication ranks Ducks No. 1 in player development
Publication ranks Ducks No. 1 in player development

The Ducks’ future is as encouraging as its present, according to a ranking of NHL prospects. Anaheim was ranked No. 1 in The Hockey News’ Future Watch 2014, a grading of prospects and player development. The Ducks are currently in second place in the Western Conference, with a chance to return to the top spot over the St. Louis Blues by winning tonight at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Goaltender John Gibson was ranked the No. 2 prospect, defenseman Sami Vatanen, who has played in 41 of the Ducks’ 65 games, was No. 24, recent call-up, center Rickard Rakell, is No. 29, and 2013 No. 1 pick Shea Theodore, a defenseman, is No. 75. Last year, the Ducks...

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