With Pick 12 the Anaheim Ducks Select

Cam Fowler, Defenseman, Windsor (OHL) By most accounts, the Ducks landed a steal when Cam Fowler was still on the board with the 12th pick in the first round. In fact, the Ducks didn’t even take the time to interview Fowler at the NHL Draft Combine, assuming he would be long gone by the time their pick came around.

Most forecasters predicted Fowler to be among the first 5 players selected on draft night; however, after a number of surprising picks, perhaps none more surprising than the Rangers selection of Moosejaw’s Dylan McIlrath, a fellow defenseman, ahead of Fowler, the Ducks found an unexpected present had fallen into their laps.

When a relieved Cam Fowler finally heard his name called after a few more minutes passed than most anticipated, a symbolic moment occurred on stage when retired Ducks defenseman great Scott Niedermayer handed the young fellow his inaugural (though ceremonial) Ducks jersey.

Fowler, hopefully the next premiere defenseman for the Ducks, seemed understandably awe-struck after meeting Neidermayer, a player he grew up emulating. Of the draft day slide, Fowler admitted the slide was tough at the time, though all-in-all Ducks fans will be happy to hear him acknowledge “I’m in a great organization happy to have me.

At the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.”Though born in Windsor, Ontario, Fowler spent the majority of his youth living in Michigan. Fowler has dual citizenship in both the US and Canada, but has played for the United States National Team in the World Junior Championship at both the Under-18 and Under 20 levels, taking home the gold medal in both contests.

The 18-year old spent this past season playing for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL, where he netted 8 goals while helping on 47 assists, tallying 55 points in just 55 games. Prior to the draft, he was generally touted as one of the better offensive defenseman prospects to enter the league in recent years.