Jake Gardiner update.

With the Ducks back in Orange County, presumably re-adjusting to Pacific Time after suddenly dropping out of Central Time in the third period of Wednesday’s 4-2 loss in Chicago, an interesting story came across the team Web page today comparing the progress of Jake Gardiner and Colin Wilson.

As you may recall, then-GM Brian Burke was contemplating trading up or trading down from the No. 12 position on the eve of the most recent NHL entry draft. Burke never said specifically that he didn’t think Colin Wilson was worth trading up for, but when he eventually decided to trade down for Gardiner, Burke basically said there was a large third tier of players that Gardiner fell into; Wilson presumably fell into that second tier. Burke plucked Gardiner, a defenseman for the University of Wisconsin, out of that third tier at No. 17 rather than trade up to get Wilson (or anyone else he might have liked) at No. 7.

So this update from James Murphy of NHL.com should come as no surprise: Gardiner is doing well, while Wilson is doing possible-Hobey-Baker-winner well.
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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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