Draft night is the reward for Martin Madden and the extensive work of his Ducks scouting staff, as they try to add more young talent into the pipeline for the club to tap into when they’re ready.
It can be energetic. It can be exciting. But it may be a quiet one for the Ducks this time around.
The Ducks don’t have a selection in the first round of the NHL entry draft Friday night at Chicago’s United Center. They’re without one for the first time in 18 years and, barring a deal swung to obtain one, will have to wait until Saturday to make their first selection in the second round.
To acquire Patrick Eaves the Ducks sent a conditional second-round selection to Dallas, and they watched that change to a first-round pick when they reached the Western Conference finals, with the winger also sidelined for the series after making a big impact upon his arrival.
It isn’t an ideal development for Madden, the Ducks’ scouting director who has done some quality work to help keep the franchise a contending force in the Western Conference. And that’s just fine with him.
“With the team we had and the year we had, I think we had to add a piece like we did,” Madden said. “We all want to win. That’s the only reason why we’re in this game. Anything that can help us win, I’m all for.”
Not having a first-round selection is unfamiliar territory with the Ducks. The last time they’ve been a spectator was 1999, a draft mostly known for the Sedin twins being selected behind No. 1 overall pick Patrik Stefan and Henrik Zetterberg being taken behind 209 other players.
There was a dearth of franchise-shaping talent in that widely panned draft. And the consensus is there may not be a great deal in the 2017 version, which could ease the blow for the Ducks if it is a quiet Friday for them. But that doesn’t keep Madden and his group from doing their prep work.
“It’s definitely different,” Madden said. “We’ve known for a while that this is a situation we…