Ducks select Mason McTavish 3rd overall
The Anaheim Ducks drafted forward Mason McTavish with the third overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft.
Weight: 207 lbs
Club: Peterborough Petes (OHL)
*Stats are from 2019-20. McTavish was on loan to a club in Switzerland for 2020-21 due to COVID-19.*
McTavish played in Switzerland's second-tier league during the COVID-19 pandemic, posting 11 points in 13 games. He was also one of Canada's top players at the Under-18 worlds, captaining the team to a gold medal. McTavish is a bona fide power forward who's proved he can score goals in bunches.
A big center with a high hockey IQ, McTavish knows where to be on the ice at all times to help make the right play. He may not possess the elite all-around talent of some other top prospects, but his rare blend of size, speed, and skill can make him a legitimate threat in the NHL.
What they're saying
"McTavish has always shown he can score - and in numbers," writes The Athletic's Corey Pronman. "He can attack defenses in numerous ways in the offensive zone with his NHL-caliber skill, vision, and shot. He is a creative player who tries to make things happen. He has the shot to score from range versus pros and is very good at creating around the net. He works hard enough to win a lot of puck battles."