Nicolas Kerdiles

by Lucas Main on January 10, 2017

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Nicolas Kerdiles, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 196

Born: 1994-01-11

Hometown: Irvine, CA, USA

Drafted: 2012 by Anaheim Ducks, 36th overall

 

Observations:

January 2017 – Kerdiles took a nasty hit from Avs defenseman Nikita Zadorov, which he was assessed a major for boarding and a game misconduct, during a preseason game and he has been out ever since with a concussion. Kerdiles has officially been labeled a band-aid boy, missing 37 games in 15-16 and 31 games in 14-15. Kerdiles is strong in his own end and a good penalty killer, but if he can ever beat this concussion, he will be a bottom six winger at best. Lucas Main
 

March 2016 – Kerdiles is hoping to stay on par with his point total from last season (26PTS, 51GP). Through the first 35 games with San Diego he has managed to find the back of the net 11 times, and added seven assists for 18 points. The Gulls were hoping for a little more production from Kerdiles, who is trying to get over the "hump", and find his way onto an NHL roster. Bryan Puffer

 

December 2015 – The first 27 games of the San Diego Gulls season has not panned out as well as expected for 21-year-old Kerdiles. Anaheim was looking for him to have a break out season in the AHL, yet his seven goals and two assists leave him well off pace from his point total from last year.  Defensively, he possesses the poorest plus/minus rating on the team with a minus-13.  One positive aspect of the below-average season Nic is currently engulfed in would be his team leading six powerplay goals.  Clearly 5-on-5 play has not boasted the same positive statistics, as he has only one goal at even strength.  Kerdiles and the Ducks are hoping that the New Year brings good fortune to the lackadaisical play he has shown thus far. Bryan Puffer

 

November 2015 – Kerdiles got his feet wet playing professional hockey in the weeks proceeding his decision to forgo his final two seasons at Wisconsin and sign with the Ducks in 2013-2014.  Last year was his first full season with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL; in the 51 games he played, Kerdiles scored nine goals and 17 assists for a point total of 26.  Nic is now 19 games into his second full season playing professional hockey where he has scored five times,  adding two assists. He has yet to get back to the point per game average he possessed at Wisconsin, but still has time to grow and make a push at getting called up to the Ducks. Bryan Puffer

 

April 2014 – Nic Kerdiles has signed an entry-level deal with the Anaheim Ducks, opting out his last two years of college hockey. Suddenly, the arrival time of Kerdiles into the NHL has sped up a lot. He'll be practicing with the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL on an amateur tryout. Kerdiles finished off the year in Wisconsin with 15 goals and 23 assists (38 points) in 28 games. Kevin Won

 

December 2013 – Nic Kerdiles will be one of the 13 forwards selected to the American Under-20 World Junior roster for the upcoming Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Projected to play on the top line with Danny O'Regan and Riley Barber, Kerdiles will be leaned on heavily for offensive contributions. He currently has eight goals and nine assists in 14 games for the University of Wisconsin. Kevin Won

 

April 2013 – Nic Kerdiles spent this season with Wisconsin in the NCAA, scoring 11 goals and 22 assists in 33 games, good for second on the team and fifth in rookie scoring. He missed the first 10 games due to a violation in eligibility rules, but that didn't stop him as he saw big ice time in all situations. He earned Rookie of the Month in March/April as well as the tournament MVP in the annual WCHA Final Five Championship, notching 10 points in five games .He has mentioned defensive play as his weak spot and will focus on that in the future. Look for Kerdile to continue to develop his game in Wisconsin in 2013-2014. Kevin Won

 

June 2012 – The latest of many emerging California hockey players, Kerdiles has proven to be a winner capturing two World U18 Championship gold medals. His skating is his strength as he exudes an impressive first step that can separate him quickly from his opponent. With good size, Kerdiles maintains good puck possession using his frame and strong puck control abilities. Criticized for his oscillating on-ice attitude and consistency, Kerdiles needs to show that he can withstand the rigors of the mental side of the game to reach his fullest potential. Kevin Won

 

 

Fantasy Outlook:   C+

Kerdiles has enough upside to be considered an average fantasy option in a couple of years.

 

 

Footage:

Finishing off a play

 

Talks about his first conditioning camp with the Ducks

 

 

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    • Mark Allan

      He has the motor and the aggressiveness to be a disruptive force, if he can avoid concussions and otherwise stay healthy. The jury remains out about his scoring upside. As you note, he’s only 23, although that is older than in the pre-cap era.

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