In first-round surprise, Adam Fantilli passed over by Anaheim Ducks for Leo Carlsson with second overall pick
The Anaheim Ducks made a surprise choice with their second overall pick. Selecting Swedish forward Leo Carlsson, the Ducks effectively flipped the expected draft order and allowed Adam Fantilli to drop to third. Fantilli ultimately went to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who were likely shocked that he was still on the board.
Both Carlsson and Fantilli excelled in their draft season. Carlsson topped NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of international skaters and was named the Swedish junior player of the year, while Fantilli earned the Hobey Baker Award after a dominant season with the University of Michigan.