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Dennis Rasmussen might end up serving as Anaheim's fourth-line center.

It's a position that opened up when Nate Thompson decided to sign with Ottawa over the summer. The fact that Ryan Kesler is hurt changed things a bit too in that battle as it will likely result in Antoine Vermette moving up in the depth charts. Two of his main competitors at this point are Sam Steel and Derek Grant, but Rasmussen is the favorite to get the job.
Sep 22 - 9:33 AM

Max Jones scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

Jones was the Ducks' first round pick, 24th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old had 36 points in 33 games with the OHL's London Knights. The Ducks could give him a long look in training camp, but there's a decent chance that he could end up back in junior this season.
Sep 21 - 1:31 AM

Reto Berra allowed five goals on 36 shots in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

It's not the start Berra wanted in his first appearance with his new team. He had a rough second period, as four of San Jose's five goals were scored in the middle frame. Unless John Gibson or Ryan Miller suffer an injury in training camp, Berra will begin the season in the minors. He has no fantasy appeal.
Sep 20 - 12:42 AM

Nicolas Kerdiles didn't skate on Monday due to a groin strain.

It's not clear if Kerdiles will miss much practice time over this, but the timing is unfortunate as he's competing for a roster spot. He had seven goals and 15 points in 27 AHL contests last season.
Sep 19 - 4:10 AM

Antoine Vermette might slot in on a line with Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg due to Ryan Kesler's absence.

Kesler might miss the first half of the campaign due to a hip injury, which has create a big hole for the Ducks to fill. The Ducks are experimenting with using Rickard Rakell as a center in Kesler's absence, but that doesn't mean he'll also be playing alongside Kesler's usual linemates from 2016-17. Vermette might end up averaging more time than the 15:54 minutes he got last season while Kesler is absent, but Vermette still wouldn't be a significant offensive threat.
Sep 19 - 4:08 AM

Andrew Welinski has been skating on a pairing with Cam Fowler.

With both Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen out with shoulder injuries, there are openings on the Ducks blue line. "He’s obviously very respected," said Welinski. "He tells me stuff that I can work on. He’s obviously an established player and I can read off a lot of the stuff that he does and I can learn from that, even without him saying stuff. It’s obviously awesome." The 24-year-old had six goals and 29 points in 63 games with the San Diego Gulls in the AHL last season.
Sep 18 - 7:41 AM

Jacob Larsson has some swelling in his knee after playing in the prospects tournament last week.

Larsson underwent MCL surgery in April and it's caused a bit of a problem early on in camp. Ducks general manager Bob Murray is hoping that the issue won't prevent him from playing in exhibition games. The 20-year-old was Anaheim's first round pick, 27th overall, in the 2015 draft. Larsson had one goal and five assists in 29 games with the Swedish League's Frolunda HC last season.
Sep 16 - 9:12 AM

With Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen both scheduled to miss the start of the regular season, the Ducks will need to rely on Brandon Montour to play more minutes.

"Obviously I’m up for the task," Montour said. "I’m just up for whatever they decide, right? When I hear my name get called I’m going to be out there and be ready to go. Those guys are two key parts of our team. It kind of (stinks) having those guys out. But we’re going to battle obviously with what we’ve got. We’ll be fine." The 23-year-old had two goals and six points in 27 games with the Ducks last season. Both Lindholm and Vatanen are expected to be out until early November.
Sep 16 - 9:07 AM

Hampus Lindholm (shoulder) is expected to be out until Nov. 1.

The 23-year-old underwent surgery over the summer, but general manager Bob Murray expects him to miss just under a month of the regular season. Lindholm had six goals and 14 assists in 66 contests last season. He averaged 22:26 of ice time in 2016-17. Ducks blue liner Sami Vatanen (shoulder) will also be out until Nov. 1.
Sep 16 - 9:04 AM

Rickard Rakell skated at center during the first day of training camp.

The Ducks need him to play center because Ryan Kesler will be out for a few months. "I feel like I can be a better hockey player than I was last year," Rakell said. "I scored a lot of goals and I don’t want to take anything away from that. I still feel I can make more plays and create a lot more space for myself and my teammates more." The 24-year-old had a team-high 33 goals in 71 games with the Ducks.
Sep 16 - 8:58 AM

Anaheim GM Bob Murray hopes to have Ryan Kesler back in the lineup by Christmas.

However, there is no official timeline for Kesler's return. He underwent hip surgery on June 8. Kesler appeared in all 82 games with the Ducks last season, while accounting for 22 goals, 58 points and 83 penalty minutes.
Sep 15 - 2:02 PM

Hampus Lindholm (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Lindholm is participating in training camp and Ducks GM Bob Murray hopes to have the defenseman back in early November. He had off-season shoulder surgery and his recovery appears to be going well.
Sep 15 - 1:52 PM

Sami Vatanen (shoulder) might be available to play sometime in November.

He won't be a full participant at training camp, but feels he is on the right track. "It's not ready yet," Vatanen said. "I'm progressing every day. I've been skating right now and doing a little bit of passing and shooting. It feels better every week. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing and try not to have any setbacks."
Sep 15 - 12:55 PM

Jack Kopacka scored a pair of goals in Anaheim's 4-1 rookie tournament win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

Kopacka was the Ducks' fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old scored 30 goals and 19 assists in 65 games with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He didn't play any regular season games with AHL San Diego, but he did suit up for three of their postseason games. Kopacka will likely be heading back to junior for this upcoming season.
Sep 10 - 11:45 AM

Hampus Lindholm (shoulder) has resumed skating and can do some puckhandling.

Lindholm can't take slap shots or contact yet, but it's still encouraging to see him this far. He's recovering from offseason shoulder surgery which put his availability for the season opener in doubt. "I feel real good but it’s up to them to say when I’ll be ready to go out there and play a hockey game," Lindholm said. "As I said, I’m feeling really good out there. Feeling really good in the gym. Strength is coming back real quick. But we’ll have to talk to each other and discuss when they think I can be back." While that's all positive, keep in mind that he still might end up missing the start of the season.
Sep 8 - 4:46 AM


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