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Optimism is the order of the day at NHL draft

Optimism is the order of the day at NHL draft

Other than the Chicago Cubs’ past 100 opening days, few events trigger more optimism than the NHL entry draft.

By the time more than 200 players’ names have been called, they’ve been scrutinized by scouts in rinks from Southern California to Siberia and have undergone tests of their physical and mental strength. Still, even the surest shot can falter, making the draft an exercise in anticipation conducted while crossing your fingers that the kids you chose haven’t peaked at 18.

On Saturday, in the final six rounds of this annual game of hope, the defense-rich Ducks targeted offensive talent and took three forwards among their last four picks,...