Ducks Select Defenseman Jamie Drysdale Sixth Overall in 2020 NHL DraftOct 6, 2020
With the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Ducks select Jamie Drysdale from Erie of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The 5-foot-11, 175-pound defenseman finished his second season in the OHL with 47 points (9g/38a) in 49 games with the Otters, ranking 13th among league d-men in scoring and 10th in average points per game (0.96/GP). He was named an OHL First Team All-Star at the conclusion of the season and becomes the third Otter in the past five years to be selected in the first round, joining Connor McDavid (No. 1) and Dylan Strome (No. 3).
Drysdale, 18 (4/8/02), made an impact on the international stage this past season, helping Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2020 World Junior Championship with three points (1g/2a) in seven games. He also represented Canada at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship.
The Toronto native was the highest-ranked North American defenseman and third overall among all skaters, behind only QMJHL Rimouski left wing Alexis Lafreniere and OHL Sudbury center Quinton Byfield.