Welcome to issue #2 of Chasing the Ducks. A weekly Anaheim Ducks series. Here I will round up the weekly goings on from results, trades, keeping up to speed with our Ducklings and any other pressing matters throughout the 18/19 NHL season.
The Anaheim Ducks announced that Right Winger Corey Perry suffered an injury during training on Monday 24/09 and would be out of the line up for 5 months to receive surgery to fix the torn meniscus and MCL.
This will cause a major blow to the Ducks already struggling roster with both Kesler and Eaves also not being fully fit to return to action and being kept on the injured reserve list.
This leaves a hole on the right wing that may not be able to be filled. Even when Perry does return to the line up, he will not be at 100% and with his performance dipping in previous seasons, this will only make the digression faster.
At present there are two wingers within the NHL still looking to sign new contracts with their respective teams and it may be time for the Ducks to try and sneak in there and steal a deal in order to fill that Perry shaped hole.
This of course will mean that the Ducks may have to give up their future in giving high value draft picks but if the Ducks want to make the playoffs this season out of a much stronger pacific division, it’s a sacrifice they must live with.
As the 2018/19 season gets ever closer the Ducks training camp is reduced each day with the rookies going back to their assigned teams for the start of their seasons. However, there are a few rookies that remain at camp skating with the first team and can only mean good things.
The top name on the remaining rookies list is Sam Steel. Picked in the first round in the 2016 NHL draft, Steel has spent the last 3 years as a Duck with the Regina Pats picking up the Ed Chynoweth Award for most points and Stafford Smythe Trophy for MVP in the Memorial Cup and is looking to be the best candidate to fill in the 4th line centre role.
The Ducks 2017 round two pick Max Comtois is also still at camp and is being warmed up to start the season in the left wing spot that has been left vacant by the hold out of Nick Ritchie.
Max Jones could have filled this position however after an injury to his thumb, he will sit out the start of the season. Comtois has certainly stepped up to the plate and ran with the opportunity that’s been presented to him impressing at camp and the Ducks pre-season games.
On the topic of Max Jones, he still remains at camp and is skating with the team – being scheduled to return back to match fitness on October 15th. If all goes well he could still get his opportunity to fit in to the first line up as Anaheim wait for Kesler and Eaves to return to full match fitness.
Assigned to San Diego (AHL):
Simon Benoit – Defenseman
Kevin Boyle – Goaltender
Sam Carrick – Center
Jared Coreau – Goaltender
Chase De Leo – Center
Jacob Larsson – Defenseman
Steven Oleksy – Defenseman
Josh Mahura – Defenseman
Anton Rodin – Center
Corey Tropp – Right wing
Andy Welinksi – Defenseman
Giovanni Fiore – Left Wing
Mitch Hults – Center
Jack Kopacka – Left Wing
Angus Redmond – Goaltender
Deven Sideroff – Right Wing
Keaton Thompson – Defenseman
Assigned to Junior Team:
Roman Durny – Goaltender (Des Moines of USHL)
Rumours swirling is that both Antoine Vermette and recent summer signing Anton Rodin will be on the move to the National League to ice for the Genève-Servette HC.
Julius Nattinen was placed on unconditional waivers on 24/09 and was not picked up and will now have his contract terminated by the Ducks in a mutual agreement.
The Ducks have completed their pre-season schedule on a good note winning their last 3 games against the Arizona Coyotes and finishing up with a double against the LA Kings.
29/09 vs LA Kings: DUCKS WIN 3 – 0
26/09 vs LA Kings: DUCKS WIN 7 – 4