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Whicker: Ducks, Kings find two well-travelled kids who see an opportunity

His upcoming trip to the Golden State will be his first. Mason McTavish and Brandt Clark have had long, stranger journeys.

In search of hockey in a less COVID-19 friendly area, McTavish spent part of the last season in Switzerland. Clark and his brother went to Slovakia and then his brother left.

They played against professional stalwarts, fought with the language as much as they could and came out flawless. He also adjusted to the surroundings of Frisco, Texas, home of the World Juniors, which he helped conquer Canada.

On Friday, the Ducks surpassed most of the mock drafters and used their No. 3 overall pick on McTavish. Five slots later, the Kings made predictions good when they picked Clarke.

The top-10 picks are long-lasting in the NHL. No one knows when those years will begin for McTavish and Clark. They make ducks and kings more interesting just by walking through the door. Tough tasks await.

McTavish and Clark live in the Ottawa Valley maybe 15 minutes away. They play golf together. McTavish is a slab of a centerman, 6-foot-1 with a tough shot and a seasoned build. Clarke needs to develop more, but he is a right-handed defender with a vision to find the right game and make it. They pretty much kept an eye on the same Team Canada, but for the next few years they could end up with some disgusting acquaintances, such as Ryan Getzlaff with Drew Doughty all these years.

“I’m compared to Brayden Shane, Ryan O’Reilly,” McTavish said. “I like it.”

Clarke said, ‘I am not an established player yet. “I don’t like it when players try to jump the gun and say they’re going to be an NHL legend. I’ve been watching Drew Doughty for a long time. I have a lot of respect for him.”

In both LA and Anaheim, torches hit the floor before young hands could lift them. And McTavish and Clark are not being asked for instant greatness. It wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Ducks to play a little better next season and still wind up in the lottery, which would be the best draft since 2003, with Shane Wright, the 17-year-old captain of that. Team Canada on top.

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The Kings think they are close to the playoffs, and that will indicate how hard they try to make a stop-the-press deal. But he has spoken to Clark frequently during the process and clearly thinks he is a keeper.

McTavish’s father Dale Played nine games for Calgary, five years in Finland and eight in Switzerland, Up to the age of 39. Mason was born there. Her younger brother Darien also played, but perhaps looking for something a little more provocative, is now an MMA fighter.

“He has a lot of charisma,” said Ducks general manager Bob Murray, who was impressed by McTavish’s game for the world junior team, which beat his opponents 51-12. We’re looking for someone who has Be a little too good at the game.”

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“He’s a leader by example,” Clark said of McTavish. “Anaheim got a good player there.”

The Ducks knew they were on the right track when they heard that the only knock on McTavish was his skating. He heard the same thing about Cory Perry in the 2003 draft, and Perry is still scoring in the Stanley Cup Finals.

McTavish had 11 points from 13 matches for Ohlten-EHC in Switzerland. Clark had scored 13 runs in 26 matches and was a plus-6 for Nov mki Mikron in Slovakia. The OHL, where McTavish played at Peterborough and Clark Barry, was discontinued.

Whicker: Ducks, Kings find two well-travelled kids who see an opportunity
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