Player News - Ducks

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Giovanni Fiore found himself on the top line in Anaheim Sunday.

Fiore played the wing alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf and managed to pot a goal in a 4-2 loss to Vegas. The 21-year-old undrafted Fiore led the QMJHL in goals last season with 52 and has impressed the Ducks thus far. "He shoots the puck and he gets to areas and gets chances," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "He had a decent night but then the one faceoff comes back and goes through his legs and he whiffs it and falls down. And that doesn’t look very good and he doesn’t feel very good about it. But he’s a young kid and you just don’t want to overwhelm him in those situations. He’s been a pleasant surprise at camp for sure." Fiore is likely headed for the minors as the injured Patrick Eaves is expected to play on the top unit once he returns from injury but keep an eye in the future on Fiore.
Sep 25 - 6:33 AM

Coach Randy Carlyle put Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry back together in practice Saturday.

The duo spent plenty of time apart last season but were re-united in the playoffs when Patrick Eaves was injured. Eaves could wind up on the other side of Getzlaf and Perry once he returns from injury. Other line combinations for Anaheim as they head into the season were Rickard Rakell centering wingers Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg and Antoine Vermette between Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase. Getzlaf should be drafted in the fifth or sixth rounds of most drafts as he is likely to get 15-20 goals and 70-80 points barring injury in 2017-18.
Sep 24 - 5:08 AM

The Anaheim Ducks sent 18 players back to the minors, junior hockey or Europe on Saturday including Austin Ortega.

Stu Bickel, Alex Dostie, Julius Nattinen, Kevin Roy, Zach Saar, Deven Sideroff, Tyler Soy, Jeff Schultz, Keaton Thompson and goalie Angus Redmond were sent to the minor league camp while Maxime Comtois, Antoine Morand, Turner Ottenbreit, Brady Lyle and Kyle Olson were sent back to their respective junior squads. Goalie Olle Eriksson-Ek returned to his team in Sweden.
Sep 24 - 5:03 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have returned goalie Olle Eriksson Ek back to Sweden.

This was to be expected as the 18-year-old goalie was selected in the fifth round, 153rd overall in the 2017 Draft. Just an FYI in case you were a fan.
Sep 24 - 4:58 AM

Nicolas Kerdiles has been placed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks.

Kerdiles suffered a groin injury earlier in the week and while he was back on the ice Saturday, the Ducks put him on waivers for the purpose of sending him back to the minors. Kerdiles played only once in the regular season for Anaheim in 2016-17 and managed 15 points in 27 AHL games. He has no fantasy value.
Sep 24 - 4:54 AM

Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Eaves is dealing with a lower-body injury not related to the ankle issue that plagued him during the playoffs.

Coming off a career-high 32 goals, Eaves inked a three-year extension with the Ducks during the off-season. It's unclear at this moment if the injury will cost him any regular season games.
Sep 23 - 4:12 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have returned Maxime Comtois to his junior team.

The Ducks haven't made the move official, but Comtois was in the lineup for the Quebec League's Victoriaville Cougars are on Friday night (he scored the overtime winner in their game). The 18-year-old was Anaheim's second-round pick in 2017. He had 22 goals and 51 points in 64 games with Victoriaville last season. He's still a couple of years away from being an NHLer. The Ducks also returned fellow Quebec League prospect Antoine Morand to junior.
Sep 23 - 9:32 AM

Ondrej Kase is hoping to produce more offense for the Ducks this season.

Kase played 53 games for the Ducks last season, and he collected five goals and 15 points during that span. Although he's hoping to do more scoring this year, his best quality is that he provides energy for his team. Expect him to stick with the Ducks this season, but he won't have any fantasy value.
Sep 23 - 9:29 AM

Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and two assists in Friday's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The 26-year-old had the best year of his career last season, as he accumulated 23 goals and 49 points in 79 games. Silfverberg has seen his point totals increase or stay the same in each year. Don't be surprised if he picks up over 50 points in 2017-18. He'll only have fantasy value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Sep 23 - 12:50 AM

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


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