Player News - Ducks

Date: Team: Pos:

Dany Heatley (groin) resumed practicing with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

"It felt good being out there with the guys," Heatley said. "I feel good. It's progressing really well. First, you skate by yourself, and then you get in some practices. Hopefully it keeps going the right way and I can get back soon." Heatley has missed the Ducks' first six games of 2014-15. He'll be worth keeping an eye on when he's back as he might play on Anaheim's top line.
Oct 21 - 8:17 AM

Bryan Allen (lower body) was able to practice with the Ducks on Monday.

Allen hasn't made his season debut yet. He's obviously making progress, but might end up missing more playing time as he tries to avoid a setback.
Oct 21 - 8:15 AM

Frederik Andersen was awarded with the NHL's second star of the week.

The Anaheim netminder posted a 4-0-0 record to go with a 1.22 goals-against average, a .955 save percentage and one shutout. Andersen's first NHL shutout came in a 3-0 win over St. Louis on Sunday when he blocked all 28 shots he faced.
Oct 20 - 4:47 PM

Jason LaBarbera has been reassigned to AHL Norfolk.

The Ducks summoned John Gibson from the minors on Monday as well after he spent the weekend in the minors. LaBarbera didn't see any action with the Duck during his brief callup.
Oct 20 - 3:13 PM

John Gibson is back with the Ducks after playing in two games with AHL Norfolk.

Anaheim plays Wednesday, Friday and Sunday this week, so there's a chance that Gibson could see his second NHL start of the season.
Oct 20 - 3:09 PM

Jakob Silfverberg picked up an assist in the Ducks' 4-0 victory on Sunday.

Silfverberg has three points in six games this season. He's been averaging 16:44 minutes per game so far in 2014-15, which is up from 14:15 minutes per contest last season.
Oct 20 - 7:50 AM

Cam Fowler had an assist in Anaheim's 3-0 victory over St. Louis on Sunday.

That extended Fowler's point streak to four games. He has four assists in six contests this season.
Oct 20 - 7:48 AM

Ryan Getzlaf had two assists in Anaheim's 3-0 victory over St. Louis.

Getzlaf has recorded at least a point in five of his first six games this season. He now has two goals and six assists in 2014-15.
Oct 20 - 7:46 AM

Frederik Andersen stopped all 28 shots he faced in Anaheim’s 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues played on Saturday and were without Paul Stastny on Sunday. Andersen has been pretty solid since entering the NHL last season. He now has a 25-5-0 record in his career and improves to 5-0-0 on the season. Many expected Andersen and John Gibson to split time in goal for Anaheim, but Andersen has started five games to Gibson’s one. The 25-year-old has a firm grasp of the starting job.
Oct 19 - 10:51 PM

Sami Vatanen scored two goals in Anaheim’s 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.

The goals were Vatanen’s first two of the season, and both were scored on the power play. The win was the Ducks fifth in a row. Ryan Getzlaf registered assists on both Vatanen goals. Matt Belesky scored the other goal for the Ducks. Vatanen now has two goals and five points in six games so far this season. The 23-year-old should finish the season with 30 to 40 points.
Oct 19 - 10:41 PM

Mark Fistric (illness) missed practice on Saturday.

Fistric is a depth defenseman on the Ducks and as such should not be on your fantasy radar. Just an FYI.
Oct 19 - 6:46 AM

Devante Smith-Pelly skated on the first line in practice Saturday.

Smith-Pelly joined Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the first unit as Patrick Maroon is out about a month with a sprained MCL and Dany Heatley is also out of action with a groin injury. "Watching them bring it every night [last season], you see what it takes to be an elite player," Smith-Pelly said. "Last year in the playoffs helped me, I feel much more comfortable with them." Smith-Pelly gets a fantasy boost with this move.
Oct 19 - 6:44 AM

John Gibson got the win in goal for Norfolk on Friday but lost on Saturday to the Manchester Monarchs.

The Admirals won 3-2 Friday with Gibson stopping 32 shots but he gave up all four on only 27 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Kings minor league affiliate as the Admirals and Monarchs clashed in two games. Look for Gibson to be recalled this week and with the Ducks playing all three at home, he should get one start in place of Frederik Andersen.
Oct 19 - 4:56 AM

The Anaheim Ducks used Nate Thompson to take the draw in their own zone with under a minute to go in Friday's game.

The Ducks already had centers Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler on the ice but coach Bruce Boudreau chose to use Thompson as the faceoff was on the left side. "It’s always good to be relied upon in key situations," Thompson said. "I just keep doing my job and keep getting the job done." If you use faceoffs as a category, then Thompson has some value. He also will chip in with some points and he actually set up Corey Perry for the winner on Friday.
Oct 19 - 4:50 AM

Bruce Boudreau thinks that games within the conference are tougher than non-conference games.

The Ducks opened the season with four games against Eastern Conference teams and played their first game Friday against a Western Conference squad. "There’s a lot of hitting," Boudreau said. "Very little space to go around. And it usually … it’s just a man’s game. You've got to be willing to take a hit and get it. Because it’s a tough one." There was a lot of pushing and shoving at the end of Friday's game against the Wild as Ryan Kesler went after Mikael Granlund, forcing the Wild's Zach Parise to intervene with Kesler.
Oct 19 - 4:46 AM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Video Center


    Tuesday's Fantasy Minute

    Monday's Fantasy Minute

    Beer's NFL 6-Pack: WR & TE

    Friday's Fantasy Minute
    Levitan: High upside options

    Levitan: High upside options
    RotoPat: Week 7 Rankings

    RotoPat: Week 7 Rankings
    Levitan: Snap count analysis

    Levitan: Snap count analysis

    Thursday's Fantasy Minute